It happens to every writer now and then — you know, when you’re convinced beyond a shadow of a doubt that your story is absolute crap and you have to toss every single word and start again, or come up with a different idea, or just bag it entirely. I hit that wall this past week, while working on my wip. It hadn’t been a good week anyway, so sitting there with my notes, realizing all of the story flaws, hit me with the force of a near panic attack.
How had I allowed things to go so horribly astray? What could I possibly do to right them again?
I used the temp-toss approach. To do this, you’ll need to open your mind and be willing to throw away a lot of ideas–and sometimes a lot of work. Here’s what you’ll need, and what you’ll do.
1. Take out a clean piece of paper, and draw a line down the center. [Read more…]