Tools of the Trade — Walking Away

tools of the tradeBeen awhile since I’ve done a Tools of the Trade article. This one doesn’t sound like a tool, but it is an attitude of your project. As writers, each of our stories are our children and we do what we must to protect our children. We spend a lot of time writing, and editing, and writing some more. We seek perfection to our stories.

 

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Not too long ago, I started on a new project. My book Terran Psychosis came out and I really wanted to work on my fantasy series. However, I have allotted 2 months for my fantasy series. So I wanted one more story out before I did that. A simple short story sci-fi humor piece, just to give a little more.

A number of things went wrong. I went a week not doing anything because I didn’t feel up to it physically, and I had a number of other projects that needed to be done that weren’t getting done. When I started writing the story, I got off to an amazing start, but as I never really plan out all the details to my story, I do have a general sense of where the story is going.

The story was a sci-fi time travel adventure. It was suppose to be short with an ironic twist. I didn’t expect much of anything from it. But as I spoke to my friend Jason who questioned my concepts of time travel, I began to adjust my story to accommodate paradoxes. Soon writing the story became like moving through mud. It stopped being fun for me.

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So there I was, seriously behind schedule, with A to Z Blog challenge approaching, my fantasy novel pleading with me to write it, and my current project just draining the life out of me. So, I decided to just walk away from the project. Honestly, that was a hard thing to do. I still want the story to happen, but if I’m not feeling it, then any attempt I make on it will be crap at best.

Sometimes you need to set down a project to move onto other things. It is the best tool you have, but the hardest to wield. Some people will keep working on a story even if they don’t feel it just to get it done. You are not throwing in the towel, not by a long shot. You may come back to it one day and get the drive to work on it or find a new way to tell it, and you should lock your story away for safe keeping.

The author who can make any story work is a myth and a true writer knows when to pack up, and move onto the next project. I hope it is not a tool you have to use very often, but I hope when it is needed most, you have the courage to pick it up and use it.

Now I start on my fantasy story which is a historical fantasy taking place during the mid 1300’s. This is out of my comfort zone, as I’m more of a sci-fi fan than anything else. But i want the challenge and the new experience. I’m hoping for May 15th release.

Also to let you know, this is my last official article for the next month. I will still be doing my worldbuilding series, but I have the A to Z challenge and that will take up all my article writing time.

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This site is a great achievement for me, but due to being unable to work, I may not be able to keep this site running. With your help, I might be able to.

I need $125 by October 30th, 2017. Anything you can give will help.

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