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I hate when this happens
« on: October 01, 2014, 06:49:09 pm »
I'm 7,500 words into a WIP, somewhat new genre for me, and I just don't think the story is going to work. Ugh, I hate scrapping all that work, but I also don't want to keep working on something that won't come out properly, or will end up a total mess. Dang it. I think I'll let it marinate for a while and work on a couple of shorter pieces before reevaluating. Still, it's better to discover 7,500 words in than 25,000.

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #1 on: October 01, 2014, 07:54:44 pm »
    I've had a few stories that I put aside for a while (sometimes over a year), then came back and finished.  And there are some that are still waiting. (One is 35k of an unfinished novel that's been waiting for three years.)

    In our business, there is no 'scrapping.' Just stuff we haven't finished yet.

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #2 on: October 01, 2014, 08:02:50 pm »
    In our business, there is no 'scrapping.' Just stuff we haven't finished yet.

    In quilting, we call those UFOs. :D

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #3 on: October 01, 2014, 08:06:29 pm »
    In quilting, we call those UFOs. :D

    I'm imagining them being flung out the window, like Frisbees.

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #4 on: October 01, 2014, 08:15:07 pm »
    I'm imagining them being flung out the window, like Frisbees.

    It happens. :D

    (I should say UFO=UnFinished Object in quilttalk.)
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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #5 on: October 01, 2014, 08:37:35 pm »
    I have a few of those. If you let it sit for a while maybe a solution or fresh idea will appear later. I bet it will.

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #6 on: October 02, 2014, 04:16:51 am »
    I can't seem to stop 'cheating' on my current WIP by making notes on other stories or framing about starting the second draft on another ... My word count this last week is SAD


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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #7 on: October 02, 2014, 04:39:56 am »

    I can't seem to stop 'cheating' on my current WIP by making notes on other stories or framing about starting the second draft on another ... My word count this last week is SAD


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    I've lost track of which is my actual WIP I've been multiple-timing with so many other projects. Total word count not so bad but everything is started and nothing is finished....

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #8 on: October 02, 2014, 05:25:15 am »
    I was going through my filing cabinet and found an old short story from many years ago that I'd forgotten about. I started reading it and got quite engrossed - and then discovered I'd never finished it!  :(. Couldn't remember how I intended it to end. After some thought while washing dishes etc I came up with an ending and eventually included it in my collection of short stories  :).

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #9 on: October 02, 2014, 05:40:09 am »
    I have several hundred thousand words of this on the PC. No worries, put it down for a while, start something new, then pick up the old one for a reread. You might find something in it you don't see now.

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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #10 on: October 02, 2014, 05:50:01 am »
    I think if you feel like a story just isn't working out, it's a good idea to put it aside for a while and work on something else. I had a story like that I was slowly torturing during 2012, but my heart just wasn't in it. I abandoned it in November 2013 to do NaNoWriMo, which resulted in my first ever finished novel (first draft finished at least). Then I spent the rest of this year working on other projects. I pulled it back out and dusted it off just this week, and surprise! I finally know where that story goes. Been outlining frantically for the last couple of days.

    Sometimes all it takes to fall in love with a story all over again is time and a new perspective. :D

     
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    Re: I hate when this happens
    « Reply #11 on: October 02, 2014, 05:54:45 am »

    Let nothing go to waste!  :D

    I agree with Jan. Take a few (hours/days) like others have said and revisit it. I'm sure that whatever you have written is better than you think.
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