I've had The Boyfriend Plague read by several people now, and they have confirmed for me that the book just doesn't work.
I kind of knew that.
What I was writing changed as I wrote it and I think I threw too many different ideas in there.
I've been struggling all week to salvage it, but I've come to the conclusion that I need to either start again from the beginning, or just trunk it and move on.
This is a tough decision to make because I've spent almost 6 months on this book. Trunking it feels like a waste. But at the same time, I could work my butt off for another couple of months, rewrite the whole damn thing, and still end up with something that stinks.
So what do I do?
Do I shelve it temporarily and write something else? I kind of know if I do that, I'll never go back to it. I have 4 trunked novels already, and I think it's pretty unlikely I'll go back to any of them.
Do I bite the bullet and dive into the rewrite? I do have a spark of an idea on how to make that work, but the idea of doing it, rewriting 80 000 words feels daunting and not at all fun.
Or do I just admit I wrote a crappy book and move on? That one feels like giving up. And I hate that.
So, I'm asking for your advice. What would you do in this situation? Have you trunked novels that didn't work? Did you go back to them later?