Everything in life needs revision and re-planning from time to time – even a schedule of planned revisions. Since the XIII series is going to take up such a massive amount of time (as it always does), I’m going to have to cut some other novels out of the revision schedule in order to make time to adequately revise and rewrite it.
There are a few novels I’ve written that I don’t think are going to go anywhere – for various reasons. So I’ve decided not to waste any more time on them and focus my efforts solely on the novels that I have high hopes for and enthusiasm about. It’s great to have a pretty consistent output of stories and novels: more to choose from when it comes time to decide which to focus on and make better.
So I shall be continuing with three series: XIII, the PJJO series (I have yet to find a better name for it), and the Restless series (I have not looked at it since 2009, but I’m still in love with the idea.).
I am going to drop Cain, David, and Daniel. Cain was the very first novel I’d ever written and I went through four or five drafts of it before coming to the slow and painful realization that it wasn’t really going anywhere. Quite honestly, it reminds me of times I would rather forget.
David is more or less an offshoot of the PJJO series, and although I like the premise, I just don’t feel attachment to the characters or the story itself. I don’t feel like putting forth the effort to take it through the numerous revisions it will need to be complete and polished. That effort would be better focused on another project.
Daniel is a variation on an old idea I’ve had for a long time. No matter what variations of that idea I’ve tried, it’s just never quite worked out on paper. So… I shall say farewell to Daniel.
I am going to focus only on the XIII series until the beginning of November 2011, then after that, I’ll take some time to revise the Restless series at the end of the year. The PJJO series has already been completely revised and retooled, so I no longer have to worry about fitting it into the rest of 2011.
In 2012, the rewrites will begin – although I’m not quite sure how I want to tackle those yet. It feels good to revise my plans and to let go of old ideas that weren’t working out. Another bittersweet conclusion.