This year for the A-Z Challenge, I'm attempting to act like I know what I'm talking about and offering advice about writing. Let's see how I do!
Also, don't forget to stop by the Parallels blog to see more posts about the upcoming anthology, which will be available on May 3rd!
There are times when we have a great story idea, but we can’t seem to get it to work on paper. We write and write, but despite our best efforts, the story simply isn’t turning out the way we wanted it. It can be frustrating, and part of you may want to toss the entire thing in the metaphorical garbage. Or maybe you want to keep going with it in the hope something will change and the story will start cooperating with you.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a third option. You can set the story aside and move on to something else. This is not the same as giving up. If you put the story away, you can come back to it later. Maybe something several months down the line will inspire you, and you’ll be able to look at this sidelined story with fresh eyes and a renewed enthusiasm.
Revisiting something later on can also be valuable for stories that you have finished. Maybe you tried to get it published and were unsuccessful. Time can give you the distance you need to see what needs to be done to strengthen the story.