#IWSG: Starting From Scratch

I have an urban fantasy that I’ve been working on since last year. I got half way through it and finally decided that all the walls I kept hitting and writing around were leading me in a circle of no plot, no character… no story. So, I’m tossing it. Not all of it mind you. There are plot points that will translate well, but most of the characters need to be revamped, the entire plot needs an overhaul, and some of my research needs to be researched again.

The way I was writing the story just didn’t work. I kept trying to force things that just didn’t feel right. The entire time, I thought it was stuff I could fix in the second draft, but after taking a break from it for the last month, I went back to it and realized it was all wrong.

This is the second time this has happened with this book.

I could take it as a sign that the story just isn’t going to work, but I know better. I’m in love with the main idea and all the potential it has. This is a story that defies the fantasy, and especially the urban fantasy, genre. It just needs to be rewritten. Which is fine. I’ve done that with another book several times.

The idea of a rewrite doesn’t scare me. It excites me. I’ve always been excited at improving my work. I jump up and down when my CPs send my stuff back full of notes because I know that what they have to say will only make my writing better, even if I don’t use all their suggestions. I’ve always embraced the idea of a shitty first draft, a better second draft, and a best third/fourth/fifth draft. Yes, the work is hard, and yes I do grumble about it at times. But in the end and on the whole, I enjoy seeing the transformation from start to finish.

So, the idea of starting from scratch doesn’t scare me.

Have you ever had to start from scratch?

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