So far I’ve written 2600 words on my novel, which means I’m roughly 8000 words behind. I think the main reason is that I really have lost interest in my characters. That goes to show the importance of really getting to know your characters first. Who are they? What’s their history? What are the little details that make them human.
Plus, the plot isn’t as exciting as I thought. I guess in the hands of someone really talented, like a John D. MacDonald, it would be better. But the suspense genre can be hard, and I was always more of the Jack Higgins / Alistair MacLean writer myself. This book was more of the MacDonald type. I started reading him in high school, and every now and then since.
The big thing is, I wanted to set the novel in Pittsburgh, and I figured mystery was the best way to do that. But I don’t care to read them that much, and of course, you should write what you enjoy.
So now, the question is, do I:
1.) Abandon it, start over, and try to write another by the end of the month
2.) Grind through it anyway
3.) Abandon it and work on the other more leisurely?
Decisions, decisions….what’s your input?