So I’m working on a proposal while I’m waiting for the other projects to begin churning toward deadline – I’m expecting my edits for OTF next week, plus will need to get started driving Larissa crazy with non-plotting for our collab books, so I’m looking forward to that. She is currently banging her head on the desk while I tell her that we can so write two of the collab books concurrently.
So anyway, I’m looking around and seeing several people putting up excerpts of their very first books – you know – the ones that will never see the light of day. I can proudly say that my first book had absolutely no sense of pov. None. Still, it could’ve been worse, I suppose, but not by much. Perhaps I’ll dig it out later in the week and share, but now I’m looking at the second full book I wrote.
I loved this book. Friends loved it, the husband loved it. Which means, of course, that the book is a total mess, but the characters are good. Plot must go. There are scenes I love, want to use, but it’s not going to work if I just cut and paste them. The scenes are going to have to be rewritten from scratch so I can do them justice, and in the end probably won’t fit in with the new idea. So it’s really an entirely new story with just the most basic character sketches. But there’s just one problem – in the original, h/h knew each other before – so we’ve got a reunion story.
That’s a problem because I’m not a huge reunion story fan, so I’m not sure why I came up with that. And although there’s no rule saying I can’t take these characters and make them total strangers, you know me and my characters. They already know they’re supposed to know each other. They’re not letting me unring that bell, and it’s driving me nuts. Must go wrestle them into submissions now.
Has this ever worked for you – taking characters from an old story and reworking them? Do you find that your mind is just too set on the way the characters were, or are you able to put that out of your mind and force them into their new mold?