Some of you have asked why I shot my first novel. I had worked on it for two and a half years when I showed it to a friend I met at a conference.
He pointed out that I didn’t have a main character. I had 8 main characters. That was about 7 too many, at least for someone of my limited skills. Also, the projected length of the novel was 220,000 words, which is more than twice too long.
Both of those are serious problems, and reason enough to shoot a novel.
So I cut the story into three parts, created a new character and made him the main character, and started all over. A few months later, I realized that the book was too long, and I decided to make it a trilogy.
So I cut the story into three parts AGAIN, and started over with the same main character. That book did eventually get finished, but it was 160,000 words, which is still too long. So after trying a couple of other things, I came back to the story, but this time with a new main character (a female this time) and turned it into a time-travel novel and made it shorter. My previous main character stayed around as a minor character.
That novel sold and it won me an award and some recognition.
The moral of the story: Never give up. Never give up. Never give up.