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Welcome to Author2Author! You're gonna like it here. I'm excited about this blog—these ladies are a fun group. But I'm nervous about writing the first post. After all, I'm Miss Apprentice Writer. My body of work is tiny. My works in progress are unorganized. I just started outlining novels beforehand a few months ago, for goodness sakes. How can I start out this blog?
But I think 2008 will be a turning point year. At least I hope it will be, because I did something crazy in 2007. I retooled the novel I had been working on for almost the entire year. Oh, how I agonized over its plot, too. It was realistic, excruciatingly so. I spent countless hours in medical research: me, who almost failed high school biology because I couldn't buy that "cell theory." And then one day, I woke up and said, wouldn't it be better with an entirely different plot? Yeah, a paranormal plot that would allow me to delete many characters and oh, 90% of what I wrote in 2007. It's all saved on the computer, right? I can always go back. All I have to lose is, well, 90% of my writing time from 2007. No big deal. With two kids and a full-time job, I have tons of time, right?
How do I know if I just don't want to finish this project or I really came up with a better plot? Has anyone else made a decision like this, to either move forward despite your doubts or voluntarily put yourself back at square one? I'd like to think that when I have a few novels done, I'll KNOW which of my ideas is best. I'll let you know how it goes.
Kate, Miss Apprentice Writer