I've seen this pop up on blogs occassionally, so I know there's some advice out there somewhere. I have a story...the robot story, you may remember from my last blog...that seems to get worse with every rewrite. Most of my stuff gets better with revision, but this one just can't find a voice. I'm thinking I need to retire it. My critique group suggested as much at my last face-to-face.
So how do you know when to give a story a peaceful burial? It's hard for this one, because I'm emotionally vested. It was my first story, and the one my group loved at first. I don't know why it's lost its way. Unfortunately, I've sent it in to be critiqued at the Missouri conference, so I'll have to resurrect it one more time post-mortem. I wish I had sent another one, but in a moment of weakness, I thought it was worth the CPR.
There is one more life-saving maneuver to try. I think I'll rewrite it in first person, andsee what comes out. Maybe Alberta (or Juliet as she was called previously...I got criticized for changing the name, too!), wants to tell the story herself. I hope she can help, because I've got the funeral home on speed dial.