The Point of No Return, now called Eternity was a novel I was going to scrap, but have now decided to finish. I am starting to feel like a politician with all the flip flopping I have done on this decision. Here is the history of the novel.
Last November I won NaNoWrimo with this novel, but it wasn’t actually finished. In May I decided to pick it back up again and I put it through a total overhaul, changing the lore, the basic premise for the story and sped the story up from what it originally was.
Quickly, I learned that stopping and later restarting a project was a horrible idea. My writing had changed so much in just a few short months, that it was impossible to go back. I benched the story, threw a mini tantrum on my blog, cursed its existence, and missed it like crazy.
I missed my characters and I felt like I had cheated them of the opportunity to exist and find love. Just today I went back and looked at it in its original form and realized that redoing all the major points wasn’t my mistake, thinking they needed to be was. After taking a hard look at it, I decided to open it up in scrivner and see just how badly I had thrown it off course. It was easier than I thought to revert it to the original lore.
So this is where the project is at:
I am fully edited through chapter 20. Chapters 20-24 are written, in need of hard edits. Chapter 25 is half done. Chapters 26 and 27 now have a detailed outline and the story has a final scene which has convinced me that it is worth finishing.
This story has the best character development I have done to date. It’s lore is somewhat lacking, which means that will be confronted in edits, but the story will be told!
I still stand by what I said originally. Stopping and then going back to a story is always a bad idea but this experience has taught me not to give up before I know that I have to.
It is quite possible that I will have this story under the completed category by the end of the week, which means I will be in editing hell in about a month. Instead of being daunted, I am excited again! If you have ever given up on yourself, learn from my mistakes.
There is no such thing as a bad story, just a naughty author.