A mind-set breakthrough!

This morning I spent a fair chunk of time trawling through every introduction in the Facebook Group for the 10,000 words challenge. Glad to see a few Aussies and at least one Kiwi there.

I was replying to an introduction where they mentioned having written lots of novels, none of which they particularly liked. They were going to change direction and write in a different genre, hoping to discover something that would get them a better following. I made a comment about writing what you love, because that extra spark in your words is what will resonate with readers.

And then it hit me.

The WHY behind my abandonment of Cladessa.

Those who have followed me a long time might recall I originally set out to panster my way through 120,000 words for my first novel. Some way along the path, I resorted to plotting. And then, probably because I’d lost my way, I decided to split the novel into two books, bringing the first half up to 80,000 words, ending at a natural break point.

And, instead of the serious fantasy which I intended to write, I ended up with a romantic fantasy soap opera.

When I drafted book two, I forced it to fit into much the same outline I’d prepared years beforehand.

Today, I finally realised why the fully-revised book two still felt wrong.

I’d broken the promise to my readers when I took the story to a dark, dark place. I thank my lucky stars that I’ve never published so much as a word of it.

Fortunately, the planned ending is still the perfect ending for Cladessa. But the path to there will be a new one. Excitement is growing in the pit of my stomach.

And that can only be a good thing.

A great thing! πŸ’•

This time…

Today, I’ve signed up to a 10,000 word challenge with Mary Adkins, via a special Facebook Group she is running. Beginning on the 10th October, I’ll start over on my abandoned second novel, aiming for 10,000 words over 10 days.

That done, I will be well-placed to complete Cladessa‘s makeover during NaNoWriMo. There will be no fiddling around the edges, trying to make my original plan work. Starting from scratch, this time, but with the advantage of having a perfect ending already in place.

Wish me luck. I will need it, and lots of grit.

That didn’t work out, either…

Changed my mind again!

I have now decided to write the rest of the series before publishing to Wattpad.

So, to this end, I’m taking ‘The Taverner’s Daughter’ series through Holly Lisle’s “How to Write A Series” before the horse gets too far from it’s stableβ€” you know, the ‘horse has bolted’ scenario.

It’ll be fun.

Stay tuned.