I’ve had a week off writing HTADDB and I slowly feel like my brain is decompressing back to its original shape. Here's my plan going forward.
I looked over what I’d written for Book 10 and frankly it isn’t good. The general direction is fine but the execution is all over the place. The narrative isn’t very compelling and the plot isn’t very clear. And it’s not as funny as it should be.
I knew I wasn’t doing great but I had hoped to tie up all the loose ends and then rewrite it once I had the whole thing down for eBook publication, but that isn’t really the best way to end the story online and not really how I want this journey to end.
So, having thought it over, the only real alternative is this: reboot Book 10 and start from the first chapter with a clearer idea of where it’s going and give it a more focused story.
Not sure how that will go across but it feels like the right thing to do. I don’t want the last book to be the worst one.
My plan then is:
1. Restart from Tuesday March 2nd (I need time to work it out fully so I don’t end up the same as last time).
2. Keep it to 30-40 chapters with a clear storyline (around 100k words, good size for a book).
3. Post one chapter a week so I don’t burn out (slightly longer chapters but more focused).
There will be some stuff I keep (and Colin is still going to comment on the political situation once he comes home, because he would) but there will be a lot that goes. I don’t know how people will feel about a reboot just as the story was reaching the end, but hopefully most will give it a chance. I’m pretty sure I can give the story the ending it deserves.
As ever, feel free to let me know your thoughts on Discord.