This time it’s my daughter’s fault.
I had the whole six-book series mapped out. It needed work, but the bones were solid. No problem. I had the full concept, ready to go.
And then my older daughter wanted to go to the mall to look for ideas for cosplay. No problem. I took her. And as we headed over, she mentioned the dark fairy wings she has as part of her arsenal of items. And I thought, “Hm. It would be a lot of fun if the protagonist had wings…”
I presented my daughter for the idea of the book series, and then asked if she thought the main character with wings was better.
“Yeah! But what about…” And then she asked a question about the setting.
And then another question.
Long story short, I’m almost back at starting over for the entire book series. Thankfully, I hadn’t started drafting it yet. I’m only starting over at the outline level, which is very doable. And I think the story will be so, so much stronger for it.
They say you have to kill your darlings. I’ve experienced that a few times in my writing career, but never scrapping an entire series before. I’ve dropped characters, scenes, thousands and thousands of words… but the entire concept of a series changing?
Well, it was a darling, and now it is dead. But, as I said, I think it’ll better for it. I want the best story possible, and this is closer to that.
And I have my daughter to thank for it.
Apparently I need to talk to my kids about the books more often…!