October 9, 2008: A Brighter Day

Part of what stung yesterday was the feeling of “Oh, here I go again, abandoning another story,” compounded by frustration that changing direction means I won’t finish this story any time soon. I really want to finish a story some time in the next 12 months, thankyouverymuch, and having the kind of epiphany I had yesterday doesn’t help matters.

I realized today that completely overhauling a story is not the same thing — not at all the same thing — as abandoning it. As for not finishing by the end of the year (which was my real hope), so be it. It’s not like I was going to finish the original plan — because it wasn’t really right, I was completely stuck.

So as sad as yesterday was, it wasn’t really disheartening. You have to face a problem in order to fix it. Now that I’ve faced the truth of what’s going on, of what I have to do, and what I’ll probably end up with, I can move forward.

I think the first step is to go back to my Snowflake notes and tweak them (even if the tweaks seem more like yanks). I need to look at the arc of the story I plan on writing, just to start getting it clear in my head.


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