Friday, June 3, 2011

Following a Dying Trail

My current work in progress is proving to be quite difficult. I’ve adjusted and tweaked the plot countless times, and I have an ending, but something isn’t right. It just isn’t resonating with me in the way it should. It makes me wonder if moving forward with this project is a good idea, or if I need to scrap it.

I’ve dropped ideas before, even some that I liked better than this one. I want it to work, and I think it can if I simply start the writing phase. These shaky thoughts have made me nervous though. Am I going to work on a project I dislike all summer? Will I find out that I like it again when I’m not just staring at the map of the story?

More than anything, I’m trying to decide if this is an early burnout stage that comes from knowing the story before it is written, or if it is a poor idea. Other novel ideas have crept up on me, as well as rewrites for previous works, so I could switch gears if I need to.

Perhaps a bit of patience is necessary, but this continued uncertainty isn’t helping my output.

I have a couple questions for the writer types out there. What does it take for you to give up on a story? Have you ever finished an extensive outline and not finished a project? Should I just buck up and write the damn thing? Any and all feedback is appreciated.


  1. You might have lost the original idea that excited you so much you started writing the book. Try to get back to that.

  2. Thank you very much for the advice Mr. Mayer. I've been talking about the idea for about an hour with a friend, and I am finding that old enthusiasm.

  3. I think you have to work on the project you are the most enthusiastic about. This doesn't mean you should give up on something as soon as the going gets tough. You still have to work though the rough spots. But, overall, the project needs to still be the one that you love.


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