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Uphill and Up River

You might have noticed that I haven't posted any stories lately.  Writer's block is part of that, another part is that I don't like to display something that is completely and utterly wrong.  

A story is like a river.  It should flow downhill toward an ultimate end.  This flow might be a leisurely ride in a tube, a nail-biting ride on whitewater, or something in between.  The point is, when you do something unnatural the river ceases being a river and the story ceases being a story.  

Anyway, so I read through what I had written on part 9 of "The Line" last night and realized that I was trying to make water run uphill.  I probably really noticed this quite a while ago but I was just unwilling to do what had to be done.  I thought I could fix what I had written so the work wouldn't go to waste.  Of course any writer will tell you if something isn't working than THROW IT THE FUCK AWAY AND START OVER!

So that's what I did.  

And I'm much happier with how things are progressing now.  
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Added: 5 years, 6 months ago
5 years, 6 months ago
Agreed  3 , if it isn't working it just isn't  working. As a writer I couldn't agree more with you on the throw it the fuck out and start over. I've done that myself on whole stories, and on large scenes with in a story. Entire pages of text falling by the wayside at the touch of the delete key. But the analogy of trying t make water run up hill is one of the most accurate I've heard in a long time.

(Raises a glass)
Here's t riding the river, may it's waters always flow freely for you.
5 years, 6 months ago
I tossed a section of my latest chappter last night. I know the feeling of it just not working.
5 years, 6 months ago
If it's worth doing, it's worth doing right.

And it's worth the wait.

Speaking of rivers, "I am a river to my people." Lawrence of Arabia.

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