There once was a writer who tried
A novel too deep and too wide
The inciting instance
Got mixed up with romance
And her brain felt like Cheez Whiz inside
See what I mean? I can't even write a decent limerick today.
Do you ever feel like it's just not working and you have no clue what to do? I have three main problems.
1. A point-of-view shift from one character to another (Faldur to Marenya) around Chapter 3. The story needs to be told from both of their perspectives, since they each witness part of the action. Their relationship also drives the plot, so it's important to know what they are both thinking and feeling. But maintaining a good balance between the two, so readers maintain interest in both characters, is difficult. I need to introduce her POV sooner, but the way I've done it isn't working.
2. A plot that is just to complicated. I've never had such a complex imaginary world, and I just can't seem to get the right amount of info on the page. It's either too much or too little, or too soon. Can you hear the sound of my hair ripping from my scalp as I pull it?
3. The first chapter. I have spent way, way, way too much time on it already, but I have joined two different crit groups recently and need to give them material. I need the feedback, but it's hard to go back and redo the first chapters when my mind is somewhere around Chapter 18. I don't want to waste their time, however, by just giving them the old versions as I have already gotten feedback on things that need improving.
I just want to find a mountain cabin and hide there until the book is done. Six weeks should do it.