Should you ever abandon a novel?
I started writing during NaNoWriMo in November 2011. The words just flew onto the page. 50,000 in a month. Easy!
But come December, I had lost my steam. I started going back and fiddling. Now some of the early chapters looked pretty good. But I lost my forward momentum. And I got finally bogged down about two-thirds of the way through. I guess I hit what is often known as the “soggy middle”.
Now, all the standard advice goes like this: just finish it. It doesn’t matter what sort of mess you have written, you can knock it into shape during the editing stage.
But I have discarded that advice.
My first attempt at a novel (O.K. second attempt – I have another one somewhere from NaNoWriMo 2010) is a pile of steaming horse manure.
So what did I do? Abandoned it and started again. A new novel. A completely new plot, characters and a new genre.
Progress with the new novel?
I am thirty-seven chapters into it and still steaming ahead. Haven’t done a word count yet.
Yes. I will finish this one. I have already written the ending, just in case – although I do reserve the right to change it.
Working title: The Reluctant Scribe.