Hi everyone, new here - I'm working on my first "real" novel. Real as in, the first one I am determined to start and finish. There are serious problems with my work. And rather than throw my laptop out the window, I want to work through the issues. I need help. First problem is my biggest: I can't decide what angle to write this story from. The bottom line is it's a paranormal type love story. Guy dies, Girl grieves, Guy refuses entry to the afterlife (heaven), and comes back to the current plane to ease her grieving, and also because he can't let her go, either. He sends her signs of his presence to help ease some of her suffering and to keep her from going off the deep end, but she is unaware of his spirit's presence. Eventually Girl meets another Guy #2, and tries to start a new life. Guy #1 is heartbroken, and causes spooky little problems between the happy couple, until he sees the hurt the tension between said happy couple causes Girl, and then Guy #1 goes through the painful course of letting her go. End of story. 1st version has Guy #1 committing suicide, and the story is tweaked because he wanted to go, for one, and then also her dealings with his decision to commit suicide. Age, illness, and unhappiness are all major themes with this version, but I can't figure out how to tie it up later. How can he be upset about Guy #2, if he wanted to die? 2nd version has Guy #1 crashing his car and NOT accepting that he is dead. This version has been interesting on his POV. I don't have a lot of issues with this version other than filler for the middle. The beginning is strong; the ending is strong. I don't know what to do in the middle of the story. There's only so many pages I can fill of Girl moping around, and Guy #1 watching her do it. Factor in Girl's twin psychic siblings who can see Guy #1, but there's a conflict with Girl. I'm not sure what that conflict could be to make the story work. She doesn't believe? She's scared? They don't get along? 3rd version (the latest) has just the Girl's POV, and her recovering from the death of Guy #1, doing all kinds of crazy things to deal with his loss. This, of course, changes the entire story. Which scares me. Also, I want to write from both POV (Guy #1 and Girl) as they are the "point" of the story. Would it work (has it been done before) if I cut my book into two smaller books, overlapping only the end of one and the first of another? What I mean is, write from the girl's POV (1st) until she meets Guy #2, and then write from Guy #1's POV (1st), overlapping slightly so as not to lose the story. I just can't make it work, writing from just one POV, or trying to do a 1st and a 3rd POV; my story deflates. I feel like I'm schitzo a lot of time. I can write great for a few days, and then spend three days unhappy and pulling out my hair. I've written 25,000 words of the 2nd version; it seems my strongest. I just feel like the psychic twins aspect is flaky. It seems a little too buttoned up, you know? I'm just completely stuck. Any ideas?