I just uploaded a revised outline for the first half of my current project, The Wrong Side of the Mountain, to my online critique group. I hesitated to do this. Hesitated for a couple of weeks, in fact. But I finally had to admit that I wasn’t telling the story with due attention to the motivations, aspirations, and struggles of the primary characters.

If I had plunged ahead with the story “as is,” I suppose it still wouldn’ve been a good tale, but not a very authentic one.  Hard to admit that. On the other hand, my critique partners are “friends that stick closer than a brother (or a sister),” so I wouldn’t have been authentic to our relationship if I didn’t admit it.

Sometimes the only way to finish our journey is to start again.