Writing updates: taking a break from the Modified Trilogy

I’m a young writer, and I’ll admit I bit off more than I could chew by diving headfirst into self-publishing. When all those advice blogs tell you to write a few books first before you self-publish — or even go at it the traditional way — I figured I was good enough to beat the odds. And hell, Dominant Race was only a novella. But honestly? I hadn’t learned enough about how to properly tell a story. I don’t think I’ll ever stop learning how to improve my craft, but I can realize when I need to rethink my strategy.

In other words: I’m tired of the Modified Trilogy. Dominant Race needs a massive rewrite that, while everyone thinks I have a great premise (and y’all have been awesome for supporting me regardless), will greatly improve its attractiveness. As such, New Fate is on hold until I can get that done. There’s a difference between needing to force your way through something and losing all passion for it entirely. So for now, I’m going to work on Elves of Cenaire — finally. It was my original baby, and I’m missing it a lot.

I’ve been working on the Modified Trilogy for almost three years now. When it’s not working, it’s just not working. So I’ll slowly but surely work at Dominant Race and its sequel, but until I feel it’s really ready to be mentioned again, I’m taking it down from my sidebar and main menu. It’ll still be for sale on Amazon though, but I won’t be actively promoting it for a while. I’m really sorry to anyone who wanted to see the sequel, but know that you’ll be getting even better material.

Honestly? I’m learning a lot through this. It all goes back to learning when to bend with the situation. Instead of breaking myself in the process of trying to force things to go exactly how I expected them to, I’m just going with what feels right.

In the meantime, I also plan on producing more short stories. Creating and publishing Pathos has been good fun and a welcome reprieve.

Have you ever had to rethink a course of action before? How did you go about it?

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5 thoughts on “Writing updates: taking a break from the Modified Trilogy

  1. Yes. Often. It’s always come out for the best though – a learning curve, often unwillingly, but I’ve always found things worked out for the better in the end.

    For me the big ‘re-think’ came during my university career when it became clear, particularly at post-grad level, that those who got ahead were not those who had the intellectual chops. The people who got ahead were the ones who sucked up to the lecturers and who compromised their beliefs in order to obtain favours. The practical outcome, in an academic environment where what counted was the size of publishing list, they got all the opportunities to publish, the funding and the praise. I thought their conduct was morally bankrupt in many ways, not least relative to intellectual principles, and it made me wonder about the wisdom of pursuing an academic career in the university. In the end, I didn’t. I pursued that side of things freelance. I’ve had a lot more fun doing it – for me the reward has been the joy of writing, which is what I am into.

    That struggle between ‘good now, better later’ is how Tolkien worked – his whole life involved thinking, re-thinking, re-casting and dismissing the old, even when it had been published. It’s frustrating, sure, but I think it’s the mark of a great writer. I think I’ve said that before, but it deserves repeating!

  2. Certainly, I’m considering reworking the trilogy I have started. Books 1 & 2 are finished but recently have doubts about the quality of writing. When you doubt something, I feel it best to put it aside, forget about for awhile then revisit. It’s like greeting a new friend.

    • Yeah, it’s tough. I like the break I’ve taken though because I think when I get back at it it’ll be just like that, greeting a new friend. It’ll be less stressful and more fun again.

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