I thought I had a fantastic story idea a few months ago, and set about in a practical way to write down the story. Well, around five chapters into the story I fell out of love with the idea; there were too many problems with it. I felt that I was telling a story that wasn't...me! Perhaps I didn't have the utility available to write it the way I wanted to. The genre was fantasy, and I continually made the obvious comparison to the Game of Thrones, always making mental notes to avoid any similarities whatsoever - I think this is really what made me want to abandon this project. Final project remains in first draft, a mere 13,000 words. Next, I decided to try a genre I was a little more comfortable with; drama. I also planned to scale back the epic scale and try for a shorter novel. I quite liked the plot but after writing the first page, never engaged with it. I think the idea was too gritty and I was not in that frame of mind so I decided against proceeding. But, perhaps I will revisit it. Finally, I had a couple ideas both at once. One, was to be a short mystery/horror story, the other a sci-fi drama. I have been playing them both against each other, when I need a break from one story I go work on the other. So far I have reached 14,000 words (new record) with the sci-fi novel and I was somewhat pleased. That euphoria didn't last too long. When I gave the unfinished first draft to a friend to do a quick editorial feeler - he uncovered a lot of problems with the mechanics of the writing. Nevertheless these were largely tactical errors and I believe I can work these out in the drafting process. Overall I am surprised how much work this whole business involves. Whilst it is a creative endeavour I am surprised how much grinding I have to do, even when I finish my first draft there will be many more months of rework. Its not a solitary process either for me, because I need an editor with a different perspective to highlight the problems in my work. Accepting the criticism has been tough as well, in particular throwing out an opening paragraph that I laboured on for hours was difficult, but justified. If I can get to 20,000 words I'll be very happy. If I can tell the story and have 40,000 words I think I will have made a significant accomplishment. Of course that will only be the first draft, but I'll be happy if I get there.