Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Stories That Flow

Have you ever noticed that some stories work you to death, while others just flow from your fingertips?

I’ve been working with one story that has been through many edits. I’m still working on it. I’m beginning to wonder if I’m not working it to death. Am I telling the wrong story? Do the characters wish to remain unknown? This story has taught me a lot. I believe my writing has improved considerably from reworking it.

This thought occurred to me because of another story I wrote a month ago. It flowed from me so magically and after one edit it was ready to send out.

If only they were all that easy.

Maybe some stories are meant to be lessons, while others are precious gems waiting to be shined slightly.


Terry W. Ervin II said...

Some stories just take longer. Let them work in the back of your mind until the direction, or an area that just doesn't seem to be working, works itself out.

For me that often occurs on while driving to or from work, or long distance travels to visit family. Usually I'm not actively pondering when the revelation comes to me.

But it's true, I think, some stories teach a lesson as you work through them.

Anonymous said...


Yes, I agree. When I get stuck, I just walk off, grab a cup of coffee or something, and when I get back, i usually have the answers to move on with.

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