Hello all! So I recently posted a thread about not having a plot for my high fantasy novel (found here). You all were very helpful and got me moving forward in the right direction. So I continued to build on my ideas in that thread, but it wasn't quite gelling the way I had hoped it would. And of course, I couldn't get all of your critiques out of my mind. So today, as I was free writing, I came up with a completely different idea for the story. Different backstory, different plot, different enemy. And now I hate myself. lol Because this is probably the fifth time I've completely changed this same novel. I'm embarrassed by how long I've been working on it. It's so different from the original idea that I'm actually planning on making the first idea a separate novel. Because it started off more like a post apocalyptic, almost SciFi Utopia story. Then melded into an urban fantasy. Then just a high fantasy. And this is the third plot for it since I changed it to high fantasy. On the one hand, I'm grateful. If the story doesn't work, it doesn't work. So it's a positive that I'm figuring it out now and not the second or third or final draft from now. But on the other hand, I'm completely frustrated. How do I stop myself from recreating a story? How can I get myself to the point to where I'm happy with my story enough to actually start writing it? Is this just one of the downfalls of being a writer? Or am I doing something completely, totally wrong? Any and all suggestions appreciated. Sorry if I'm being annoying or amateur.