Wednesday, January 26, 2011
Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
But here's the thing about WIPs--even the ones that aren't going so well. It's always hard to call it quits, at least for me. When your fingers are clicking merrily along the keyboard, life is good. There's nothing you wouldn't do for your WIP. You want to spend every waking moment with it, getting to know it better, bringing it to life.
But what about when the WIP is a bad houseguest? And needs a defibrillator?
I started writing what I thought was a brilliant short story in December in addition to another young adult novel that I totally love. Sometimes I like to work on two WIPs at once; it kind of keeps my mind sharper for some reason even if you'd think the opposite would be true. But that's just how I roll, writing-wise.
And now January is almost half-over and I'm sick of that short story that I thought was so brilliant. I just can't get it to work. I'm ready to tell Mr. WIP to pack its things and be on its way. Don't let the door hit you on the way out and all that. But unfortunately there's always this gnawing voice in the back of my mind that taunts, "Finish me, finish me, finish me!" I hate not finishing what I've started and that goes for just about everything. It's a total sickness.
But sometimes you just have to hit Delete and be done with it. Some unfinished stories I do save, and I have tons of those too. This one, I think will meet my delete key. I need to get it out of my head. If I can't get into my story, why would a reader?
What do you do with your misfit stories? Save or delete?