✍️ It is good to never give up! Buuuut… it is also good to know when to quit. ✍️
After finishing my college classes, I picked up an old draft (for a fiction) that I had been working on. About 120 pages~ not too shabby. But although I put my heart on that draft when I first started writing, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.
So, what happened?
1. I was no longer connected to the story
This draft came from an idea I had in my 20’s. There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with the story, I just wasn’t feeling connected to it anymore.
The message behind the story was inspired by a much younger me, and I have since grown.
I mean, I could have kept pushing along the story~ I had the outline already written out. But I could tell that my writing time was getting tedious, and the book was like a fading flame. It was bright at first, when I started it, but slowly it was dimming out.
2. I had over-complicated everything
I had added details to the story that were irrelevant, confusing, or just plain complicated. Times, dates, class schedules, subplots… why did I add all this?
Fixing all the convoluted details felt like cleaning dog hair off a blanket– with tweezers.
It was too much, peppered all over the story. I couldn’t keep up with it all! There were so many contradictions, page after page, that I just didn’t think the time necessary to fix it all was worth it. Mostly because…
3. I became involved with a new, more exciting draft!
Yep, I cheated on my draft with another draft. You can judge me for it. This new draft started as a school writing workshop project, but I quickly fell in love.
The new draft gave me back the joy I felt writing.
The new draft reminded me what it was like to feel connected to a story, to have fun writing it, and to look forward to diving into that fictional world every day. The new draft also felt more like me, and I am now happy to be working on it.
That old draft was just not meant to be finished, and I have now moved on from it.
Though I may revisit it sometime in the future, I have accepted that some of my drafts, although great writing practice, deserve to stay in a USB in my desk drawer. Not all seeds will grow into full trees. And that’s okay.
Have you ever abandoned a draft? 😭 Tell me your story in the comments 😊
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