Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Killing off Your Darlings
This is a post about losing interest in a story and a series.
I had my mind set that I would write one more Letters of Fate book even though they didn't seem to hit it off with readers, and my newsletter peeps told me in a survey that they preferred a different type of series. But I had two characters that I wanted give a book. I thought, I'd make it a quick and easy book to put out, one with a fictional Indian School and play up the romance.
Instead, I kept researching, came up with a real mission that was in the area I wanted to put my Indian School, then as I dug further, I had to rewrite the first 100 pages. I continued, the story evolved from a short sweet read into an intense, steamier read. Then I brought in someone to help me with the religion of the mission. It was one I wasn't familiar with. All the time I was working on this in the back of my mind I was seeing the chart from the survey and knowing it wasn't really what my readers wanted. And I had the next mystery and the new series swirling in there as well, knocking constantly on my brain. I sat down and planned out the first four books of the new series, Ladies of the Silver Dollar Saloon, and started researching for the next mystery book.
After spending two weeks trying to make the Letters of Fate story work with the religion, the conflicts, the romance, I was just getting more aggravated. While I didn't kill off the characters, I set them aside. I may one day finish the book or I may one day use the characters in the new historical western series I'll have out later this summer.