Author’s Advice Pt. 10

It’s NEVER too late to start over.

Are you working on a piece you’ve just lost all love for? Are you writing something that you really didn’t want to write in the first place? Do you really not care whether your newest piece get’s done or not?

If you answered yes to any of the above questions, STOP! Close out of what your writing and hit the delete key, or tear the paper up. It may hurt at first and you may see it as time wasted, but it’s better than completing a project you really don’t feel enthusiastic about. Often it’s best to just admit defeat and start over.

I know it’s hard, but don’t look at it as time wasted, look at it as you just discovered one way to write the story that won’t work. So now you know not to go down that road again. Nothing a person creates with their own two hands is ever a waste of time, remember that.

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5 thoughts on “Author’s Advice Pt. 10

  1. SandySays1 says:

    Good advice. Killin’ the chillin’ is hard when you’ve put sweat into it, but if it’s not working for you chances are it won’t work for anyone.

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  2. evan72 says:

    Hear hear! As someone with one work in progress, one completed novel, and SIXTEEN false starts, truer words could not be said. Except one thing–that whole deleting it thing. Never do that. Like, ever. Not sure if you’ve ever had those things as a kid you didn’t like to eat or play or you had no interest in…but then fast-forward twenty years and you love it. Same’s true for the novels. As creative writers, we all started the project because we believed in it, and if we had been able to create the whole story right then and there it would have ROCKED. So when that feeling wanes, sure, don’t dwell on it…but there’s always potential for that love to be rekindled again.

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  3. flloh says:

    Yes, i must agree with you and everyone else who has replied.

    I face a similar dilemma. You will know when it feels right and that’s what you want.

    When writing, it’s always good, i believe, to keep your old material. A lot of the times you may be able to build off of it. Or look back at it to see what it is you didn’t really like.

    To me, i know i’m not writing what i want when i get this tiny inkling muttering in my head. It’s like having a cramp in your head, not a headache, just a discomfort that you want to get rid of. If starting from page. 1 chapter. 1 makes that cramp go away, even the slightest, than i do it. If you’ve ever had a few too many drinks, and felt the vein throbbing, ear pulsing, sound screeching, loathed and feared headache the next day, well it’s nothing like that. No, instead it’s like having just the right amount of alcohol, drinking some water before you go to bed, waking up with only the slightest of hangover, maybe the brush of your lovers hand as they walk by, that slight. You know it’s there, but it doesn’t really bother you. A small discombobulation in your head, that doesn’t stop chipping away at the very centre of your brain responsible for thought. It ALMOST feel’s like writers block. Almost.

    I still have books that i’ve written with close to 600,000 or more words in it. Yet i archive them in the back of my email, and never use them again. At least it’s there though, for the most part I can always use ideas and concepts from it. Sometimes i’ll dissect chapters or characters from one book and move them to a new and improved book.

    That’s when the fun part comes in, you get to make a new title, or keep the same title. It’s your call, your the author.

    Typically i find that when i start anew i have built something more, which allows me to play with more ideas. “Lithseyum,” comes from a few previous titles, that changed as i changed my story. Another book i’m writing, “A distant memory,” the title had several prior titles before, one being, “Ascension,” and the other being, “12 little Earthlings.” As i rewrote the story, i was changing the very aspect of it, so i felt that it also deserved a name change.

    Just a quick tid-bit on my part.

    That was great advice given StCyril, about letting go. Sometimes, when you love something, you just gotta let it go. Oh, nice Leonard Nimoy piece by the way. Very sad passing.

    Feel free to visit my work at: https://mikezip1.wordpress.com/

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  4. The first time I had the idea for my series it was almost six years ago. A few failed attempts to start later (and life getting in the way) it never got done. When u started this journey in September, I started over, planning and plotting. I’ve since finished the first two novels and beta reads are coming back with rave reviews. It’s never too late.

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  5. Recently, I finished the first draft of my first ever full-length novel. Needless to say, I was (and still am) overjoyed. There have been plenty of ideas I’ve tried out, but this was the one I had first visualized at the very beginning of my writing adventures. Five years and a good bit of maturity later, I picked the idea back up from the scrap pile. Over seven months, with a one month blitz at the very end, I succeeded where I’d failed so long ago. It’s never too late.

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