Since I have been going through the book one chapter at a time and either adding and editing it or discarding it, I have been able to redefine my key storylines. It is a literary thing and trust me this is important.
Now that I know what my storylines are, I hope that this book will fall into shape. Then again, I have thought of this before, but hey, all discarded chapters and versions were not a waste of time.
Every time you do something, whatever it is, you get a little better at it. As well each chapter and version that I write, I allow myself to explore a possible literary path. This is not a waste of time.
Not every single attempt when you are trying something new will work out, that is okay. Learning what doesn’t work is more important than learning what does. If you succeed the first time out, you won’t really know why you succeeded, only that you did.
Once you know what doesn’t work and why it doesn’t work, then you will truly know what to do, and what you can get away with and still succeed. Knowing this, my friends, is a very important and vital skill to have in any endeavour.
There will be times that you are in a pinch and need to get something done, but don’t have quite enough to do whatever it is that you want to do. Knowing what you can get away with is quite handy. I use this all the time and it is this ‘out of the box’ thinking that allows me to do some of these crazy things yet still work.