My career path sort of shifted recently. Not in a bad way, but one day I looked up and I was on a completely different road. The destination is similar but none of the landmarks ring a bell. I didn't have much control over the event itself, but I'm rolling with it and waiting to see how it plays out. The universe is unfolding as it should and all that.
It's sort of weird to mentally target a particular genre for so long, then find yourself smack in a different one. You have to change how you think about everything. Less focus on this area, more focus on this. Maybe consider rebranding yourself. (Not that anyone really knows or cares about my brand at the moment.) But at this point, I'm willing to be whatever someone wants me to be. And the switch was actually made because someone said I fit in better someplace else. To hear I fit in anywhere is great. I've always sort of considered myself to be on the fringe of any genre or line I targeted.
So now my priorities have shifted. I stopped working on my current project because I want to see how this all pans out. The story can take a sharp turn in either direction at this point, so I'd rather just wait than write it and have to change things. In the meantime, I'm working on some older stuff with a different destination. Stuff that got shot down a while back but could be viable with a little dusting off.
At least that's what I thought. Going back and reading it, I'm not so sure. This isn't housecleaning, this is a major renovation. Characterization amped up, motivations reworked, sexual tension cranked, predictible plot line scattered. I realized that I edited out the quirky stuff that makes my books 'mine' so I've got to add it all back. When I get done, this thing will be 20k words and an entire world away from where it started. At this point, I'm wondering whether its easier to write a new book than to gut one you've already done.
That's where I am. What about you all? Ever had your path change (by your doing or someone else's) and have to rethink everything you're used to doing? How'd that turn out for you in the end? Ever get started on a project and find you're way over your head?