On Not Being Ready (to Fix my Broken Book)

On Not Being Ready (to Fix my Broken Book)

mhlonamoon 002I was tempted to wait until the WIP Weekend post for this update, but I already have a topic covered for that, and didn’t have a Thursday post prepared — so here goes.

I began writing Planes Shifter (originally named Wings of Skell) in January of 2012.

It’s now August 2014, and as of today, I think I’m officially putting it in the drawer. As in, for longer than a month.

After many re-writes and re-plots, four beta readers, two full print-outs and one sequel later, I think I’m at a point where I recognise I don’t yet have the ability/skill/understanding to fix the problems with this book. I can only vaguely work out what’s wrong with it, and throughout my attempts to edit, the story ends up shifting so much it’s essentially a new book with the same characters. Even the world and magic systems change.

Thus, I think I’m going to stop the ‘editing’ process, (at 26,810 words proof-read out of 89,615) 30% into the proof-read, vague copy-edit. I still love the story, and feel it will be a decent book one day — the potential is definitely there. However, my editing skills are not in line with my writing skills, nor my “telling-what’s-wrong-with-it” skills.

Thus, for now, PS is officially trunked for a few months; which I’m trying to see as an opportunity to work on some of the other on-hold stories in my drawer.

Have you ever stopped working on a project after a long stint of work?

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