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Date Thu Apr-19-12 02:38 PM
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Although I also want to say, "maybe it's time to work on something else" I would ask: do you still WANT to work on this story? Do you still care about the story, not because of all the time you've spent on it, but because the project itself is important to you. Do you know WHY it's important? Do you know what still geeks you about the story?

If you just don't really have that desire to tell that story anymore or even if you don't want to do deal with the work involved in continuing on with it, then yes it's time to set it aside and move on to something else. On the other hand, if you're still passionate about it, maybe there's value in staying with it. BUT- very important big BUT- you have to finish it and not get bogged down in endless fixes and rewrites and revamps that prevent you from making progress.

That's when you need to ask: Do you know why you feel like you're wasting your time? Is it because you don't like the story or because you think you can't get it right?

The reason I suggest these questions (and answering them honestly) is that you may end up getting into the same situation with a new project. You may find a new story that you're passionate about, but if you end up mired in fiddling and backtracking and second guessing endlessly then you end up frustrated and stuck with that one too. If you have to abandon a project because you've just lost interest in it, that's one thing. Having to abandon it because you can't get to the end of a first draft is a different problem, and one that's likely to haunt every project.

So if you're still excited about this story, but you haven't been able to finish because of endless editing or because of not believing you CAN finish, you have to deal with that first, whether you choose to continue with the old story or start a new one.

I believe finishing is important. I don't think finishing fast is necessary. I don't think everything that gets started has to be finished either. And there's nothing wrong with doing editing and rework on a first draft. But if you aren't constantly moving closer to that finish line, then that's where things get problematic. That shouldn't be something you let discourage you, but it is a mindset you have to be aware of so you can prevent it from being the reason you walk away from a story you love.

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What to do... [View all] , godpantsminus, Thu Apr-19-12 01:52 AM
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