I thought that now An Unstill Life is out, and I can focus on writing something new again, I'd be returning to my #juvvelesbian novel and writing the climax. When I dropped the story to dive into edits on An Unstill Life, that's where I left it.
Instead, I find myself tearing a book I wrote 3 years ago to pieces, and putting it back together in a whole new way.
I submitted the older book to my editor, thinking it would fit in the same niche as An Unstill Life. She came back with a bunch of ideas about what she thought needed to happen to make it work, and that included taking out the whole second POV character.
So now it seems I'm working on my first NA title. And it's weird to be trying to put this story together through only the one character's eyes. It's a story about a brother and sister who have never been close and the way their relationship changes and develops after their parents die. Both have secrets they don't want the other to know, and by writing the book in a dual POV, I thought I was highlighting the mistaken way each character views the other.
In making this a single POV, I need to keep that, but show it through only one character's eyes. And it's not going to be easy.
At this stage I'm just working out which pieces of the story I need to keep and which can go (and a lot is being tossed). Once I've done that, I'll need to go back and bulk up some scenes, and probably write in some more. I'm not sure that what I wind up with will be any good, but it's not like I don't still have copies of the original book if I think I like that better and want to go back to that version.
Have you ever done radical surgery on one of your stories?