Thursday, 2 February 2012
Should a writer EVER give up on a story?
I wrote a short story called Last Ranch On The West around 12 months ago. It was intended for Wicked East Press's Dead Rush Anthology (last submission date 28th February this year). Since writing the first draft I've written three different endings, cut scenes, rewrote scenes, but all the while been unhappy with it. I can't give you concrete reaons for my unhappiness; I just don't think it works. My gut instinct tells me it's lacking something - that magic spark that turns an okay story into a great one.
So, after 12 months of uneasiness, should I try another edit or admit defeat and press the delete button? Should a writer ever give up on a story? Or are there other ways to establish what isn't working and how to remedy it?
As ever, I'd love to know your experiences, thoughts, and advice.