Pull up a chair. Let me tell you a little story about Reed…
When I originally wrote WHEN I FALL, I got about 40k into it and completely scrapped the entire thing. I remember reading it and reading it and READING IT, and it just wasn’t Reed & Beth’s story to me. I liked the story, but it didn’t belong in Alabama. It didn’t feel like them. So, even though it stressed me the F out to do so, I put that 40k aside, and with all the anxiety in the world twisting me up about it, I started over.
And then I wrote the WHEN I FALL that got published, which turned out to be my favorite story (so far) in that series. Hands down. I’m incredibly proud of that book.
So listen, it’s OKAY to start over. It’s OKAY to listen to yourself and go in a completely different direction. And for God’s sake, it’s OKAY to push a release date because you need to make some adjustments, whether minor or major, like I did.
I’m writing this out for anyone who needs to read it, but I’m also writing this out for me, because I still struggle with saying “it’s OKAY.”