Rising Tide, Writing

♪ You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em ♪

♪ Know when to walk away, know when to run ♪ – Kenny Rogers, The Gambler

I might not be running though. Not actually. It is more like mentally drawing a giant red X through everything and starting again. I am speaking of Rising Tide. Have I mentioned it is a mess? Have I mentioned “mess” is an understatement? I think I might actually need to create a new word for mess it is that bad. The premise remains solid. The direction the story is going is just … awful, and I believe it is time to walk away from what I have written. The natural progression of the story left me in an awful place with a lot of down time waiting for things to happen. It was painful to write and worse to read.

That being said, I have a solid plan for what to do with Crilo. I know where to start his portion of the story and where to go with it. I haven’t the faintest clue what to do with Anika. Nothing. She is a void of a character at this point. She is just an average Canadian girl doing average girl things and none of that makes for a compelling story. I need to start throwing problems at her and see what sticks,

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