I'm working with a premise I think is timely and thought-provoking
but cannot seem to wrap my head around the story's tone.
I'm on the second draft and have written and rewritten
the first two chapters a whole bunch of times,
each version feeling incrementally closer to
what the story needs yet not close enough for that Aha moment.
Part of the problem is I'm used to writing funny
and this premise doesn't easily lend itself to humor
although it could probably be done; I'm just not sure I want that tone.
Another issue is maybe this story would be better told
as a young adult novel rather than middle-grade.
I've already switched from first-person to third
and now I'm thinking maybe go full-blown creepy dystoptian YA
rather than slightly funny middle-grade.
I need to focus, dammit.
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Because I spent MANY hours in pool halls, I'm channeling my inner shark
in hopes of zeroing in in on what needs to be done.
However, if anyone has sage advice on how to successfully wrangle a story idea,
I'm happy to put down the cue and listen.