I was within two chapters of finishing my latest work: Bonny. The Butterfly Effect.
I was up to about 110k words and aiming for 130k. But I was straining. It was like pulling teeth and I knew that meant there was something wrong.
Usually when I’ve got the creative buzz on, the words flow easy – I get into the zone and it just flows. Not this time.
I stopped writing and pondered. Then I put it on the back burner and bubbled the thing for a week. Then one morning I woke up with an ugly truth there in my consciousness. I needed to do great slaughter to my babies. Lots of them. Infanticide no less.
I was struggling because the story had taken a wrong path. I was forcing it down plot paths it didn’t want to go. Trying to make it conform to certain ideas I’d had when the thing was in the creative gestation period.
It was one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done – I threw away two thirds of the text. Killed most of it. I’m in mourning now and cannot go back to the remains of the corpse unit that grieving is done. Continue reading