Q. Quitting #AtoZChallenge

azbloggingQ. Quitting

Dear reader,

magnify question markQ is a difficult letter at times. This time I want to use it for quitting. This doesn’t mean I’m quitting the writing business, but I want to tell you about how I quit a story. It’s the story about Lester Jones, a Pagan detective. This is the story that doesn’t happen because I quit writing it. Detective stories are not my forte, I discovered that when writing the story. It all went well for a while, but at some point I became tangled up in all the plots, subplots, problems and relations, so I put the story in the refrigerator. Many years (!) later I picked it up again, reworked it, tried to make sense of it and I fell into the same pit. At that point I moved the story back into the refrigerator, but this time it went all the way to the back and now it’s hidden behind many other projects, projects that make sense to me.

Is that the end of the detective story? For now, for the foreseeable future it is. Maybe I come across it when I start cleaning out that area of ‘cold storage’, and perhaps then I get the right idea or spirit for it. Maybe I have encountered the muse called Sleuth then, which can help me finish the story.

4 thoughts on “Q. Quitting #AtoZChallenge”

  1. I find stories are never complete. There are always What ifs? “It’d be great if so-and-so turns out to be a cop, or a doctor, or a spy.” You have the story-telling chops to complete the buke. But if it’s not plaguing you, and you have plenty more irons in the fire, you can get to it when you get to it, and you don’t have to complete diddly! Great post.

    1. I’m definitely not worried that I didn’t finish “Lester”. I gave it a try and discovered something that’s not my department of writing (not yet anyway).

  2. It’s helpful to recognize what you’re good at and not as good at. We all have such a finite amount of time, it’s probably best spent on the ones that are workable. That said, do you outline your stories? Detective stories, or any with a mystery involved, require notes and planning up front, so if that’s not your thing, best to move on. Good post!

    1. I’m horrible with planning and plotting. If I try to go that, the story has a mind of its own after the first half chapter and walks away from all the good I intended for it. Once a main character walked off and refused to come back, so that blew up in my face. No need to go deeper. I’ll be a pantser without a detective for now.

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