I thought this new MS was going to be great. It had some great romantic scenes, some action, some coming-of-age, and, to be honest, I have some epic scenes planned for the sequels. If I ever get to the sequels. I can't make the first book - and we all know that if there is no first book, there is no sequel - work.
There are too many plot holes. Too many characters that won't cooperate. Too much of the world-building left unbuilt. All of it laughing at me because I can't form a coherent story around it. It's bothersome.
I feel like I have two choices:
- Set it aside and work on something else. Anything else, to regain my sanity. Something I can enjoy.
- Start writing...even though I don't have a plan. I told myself I wouldn't do it. I told myself that this time I would outline my face off before beginning.
It scares me, the prospect of not being an outliner. I always thought I was. I'm a very analytical person, so I figured, "Of course I'm an outliner at heart! I'm just a panster due to poor planning!" But maybe I'm a panster after all. And as daunting as the prospect of the outlining agony 2/3 of the way through, anything is better than the outlining torture I'm putting myself through now. At least when I'm 2/3 of the way through, I'm emotionally connected to the story.
Seems I've talked myself into an answer. If I can find the guts to jump off the cliff of outlining into the unknown abyss.
I'd do whatever gives you back the joy you find in writing. I always write myself a synopsis and some notes before I start, and I write a lot faster when I know where I'm going, but sometimes you just have to jump off that cliff. Best of luck with your decision!!
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