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The Decision to Begin Again

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  • January 4, 2020
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I have made the necessary decision to do a page one rewrite of Book of Shadows 5.

I hate wasting the 100+ pages I’ve already written, but they’re truly best chalked up to the learning experience.

They simply contain too many subplots. Meanwhile, several things happen that I’ve never been able to come up with a good explanation for.

Trying to figure out how to resolve all of these things and explain what doesn’t add up has been the source of my writer’s block, which is to say that I don’t think I’ve been blocked so much as I just marched myself right into quicksand. With each move I made, I was just sinking deeper. So, I stopped moving. And I’ve spent months trying to figure out how to dig myself out to no avail.

I’ve finally come to the realization that the only way to do so is to start over and simply avoid stumbling into quicksand in the first place. And it’s a relief.

As Thomas Edison said, “I have not failed. I have found a thousand ways that won’t work.”

Now that I know what was working and what wasn’t, I can begin again and write the great ending for the series that you deserve. I hope you can understand.

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