You know when you spend so much time working on a single novel that you start to become numb and lose all interest? When no matter what you do to try to fix it, change it, or whatever, nothing is making it read the way you want, and the only thing you feel will help is scrapping the entire thing and starting from a new angle? Yeah, that’s where I am with the series I’m currently working on. I’ve been writing it for years (yes, several years of writing time have gone into this, and it’s still not even close to done), and I am millimeters away from deleting the entire file folder and starting from scratch.
Nothing I seem to do is making it work, from changing big scenes and adding/subtracting characters, to rewriting the entire thing twice. The friends I’ve shown it to have liked it, but you never really know whether those friends are being honest, or if they are just trying to be nice, even if it’s someone you think you can trust completely with something of this nature. No, nothing’s working. The only thing I see fit to do at this point is to hide the entire series away in an obscure corner of my laptop and work on something totally unrelated for a while. What else is there to do? I just feel like right now is not the right time to right these books, like the reason it isn’t working is because I just need a break from them to come at it from a fresh point of view.
I am working on a novel that it somewhat related to the series, but only through the main character, and that one is going great (at least in my opinion) compared to the full series. It’s just this one story that, for some reason or another, refuses to cooperate. It’s maddening, and I want so badly to finish it and be happy with it, but maybe it’s just because the first of the series was supposed to be the first novel I was going to publish. I don’t know, maybe I’m just scared to start a new novel with all new characters after writing the same people for so long.
So my question for anyone who may stumble across this post in the vast abyss of the internet where blog posts get lost in the darkness: If you had spent countless hours on a novel, written over 100k words for it, and it still wasn’t working, would you scrap the entire thing or salvage what is salvageable and try to build from the fragments that remain?