So…I’m supposed to be working on the third draft of a short story, but here I am.
I thought about writing all day at work today, mentally mapping out scenes and constructing dialogue. Then, when I actually got home, all I wanted to do was, well, anything else.
My story and I have been acting like two backwards magnets lately. I open the word document, but when I start to type, I seize up.
Sentences aren’t forming the way I want them to and so my motivation evaporates.
I suppose the obvious reason for this is because I am nervous about starting from the top again. I don’t want to repeat the same mistakes I made with the first and second draft. However, I’m afraid that by restarting I will consequently change everything that was good about the original manuscript.
I’m worried I will create a margarine story. It’ll just be a blah with no personality.
I’ve run into this issue before. In some cases when I attempt to fix a problem, I usually make it worse or correct it only to feel like I’ve removed part of the story’s charm.
I guess that’s what beta readers are for. Nonetheless, I like to wow people with my epic story-telling abilities so it’s difficult for me to let people see my dirty underwear.
Good luck to all of you and your writing projects.
Don’t stay up too late.