Writing Tips

Why it’s Okay to Ditch those Manuscripts!

​People will tell you not to give up but I say that just because you love something doesn’t mean you shouldn’t let it go.

We all get crazy spurts of energy when writing our latest masterpiece but sometimes you have to take a step back and assess if it is actually working. I’ve had periods of time where I have spent weeks, even months, working on a novel only to hit a wall. It doesn’t make me a quitter when I decide enough is enough; if anything it has made me a stronger and more accomplished writer because I know that there is a better idea out there waiting for me to breathe life in to it.

Why it's okay to ditch your manuscript!

The beauty of writing is that it is an ongoing process; whether you are working on a novel, screenplay, an essay, poem, song or even a blog it is all a step closer to becoming a better writer. Now there will be times when you think to yourself why do I bother? You do so because of your love for writing and that is what makes you a superstar. That is why my advice to you is this: write by all means, but learning to write well? Well that takes a bit more time. That means that you are going to have to work at it, recognise when your efforts are not paying off and be willing to let go. This a little more tricky.

From my own experience I went through a fad of solely writing YA fantasy fiction and although I enjoyed it I eventually realised that I can branch out. I don’t just have to stick to what I know. With this realisation came growth and I began to focus on other projects I had left on the pipeline. This led to me experimenting with horror, romance, comedy and even radio drama. Some of it turned out fantasically well and some… well I’ll just say that it was relegated to the bottom of my drawer. The point is though that all of it was experience.

What I learnt about myself through branching out across genres and platforms was that we have a tendancy, as human beings, to get stuck in a rut. We like to stick to what we know. That’s okay but what if we turned our efforts to something different? Sometimes trying out a new idea or form of writing could be the opportunity you have been looking for and an insight to something brand new and exciting.

Don’t be afraid to take risks and abandon ideas. It doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea, it just means you recognise there is a better one in you. Remember, you can always come back to it later. TTYL.

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