on Fiction University:
Difficult manuscripts often need tough love and hard choices to make them work.
Last year, I had three manuscripts for novels that didn’t work. They were all stories and concepts I loved, but the drafts got less-than-stellar feedback. But I wasn’t willing to give up on those stories, because I believed in them, even while they tried to kill me and my muse.
Some of them have been waiting years for me to figure out how to fix them. It took me a while, but I have a good feeling about all three of them now.