Here I am, trying to finish up Blood of Gold, and a new story is pressing itself on me.
Surprisingly enough, it's an old story that wants to be rewritten -- Nearly Human, which I have now decided to call Faerylander.
When the beginning of the story presses itself on you while you're brushing your teeth, then you know it wants to come out. I thought I was still debating whether I really wanted to do that. My subconscious is saying, "Hell, yeah!" I always obey my subconscious in all things.
Patience! I'll be done with Blood of Gold either today or tomorrow. Wait, dammit! Come back when I'm ready!
I can't believe I'm going to do this -- but I've decided that no words are sacrosanct simply because I wrote them -- not even when I struggled with them.
I want to keep the characters, the basic premise, even most of the plot. I want to shift the plot, make it more believable. And I especially want to change the tone. I'm also going to try for a deep 3rd person. I can't stray too much from the style of Wolflander, however.
I'm going with more of the basic faery creatures -- dwarfs, gnomes, elves, along with the made up critters. I'm going to have to read Wolflander to see what I can get away with.
Rather than try to go back and "fix" what I've done, I decided because of the quick way I write, that I'd be better off starting from scratch. I have to remember -- there are always more words where those came from.
All the books I've written since Nearly Human have a much easier style, and I think I need to stick with that. Nearly Human just doesn't work, and while I improved it with each rewrite the book has such fundamental flaws that there simply isn't any way to make it really good.
I'm betting I can make a very readable book by simply starting from scratch.
6 days ago