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3 Reasons I Abandoned My Draft

✍️ It is good to never give up!  Buuuut… it is also good to know when to quit. ✍️

After finishing my college classes, I picked up an old draft (for a fiction) that I had been working on.  About 120 pages~ not too shabby.  But although I put my heart on that draft when I first started writing, I just wasn’t feeling it anymore.

So, what happened?

1. I was no longer connected to the story

This draft came from an idea I had in my 20’s.  There wasn’t anything inherently wrong with the story, I just wasn’t feeling connected to it anymore.

The message behind the story was inspired by a much younger me, and I have since grown.

I mean, I could have kept pushing along the story~ I had the outline already written out.  But I could tell that my writing time was getting tedious, and the book was like a fading flame.  It was bright at first, when I started it, but slowly it was dimming out.

2. I had over-complicated everything

I had added details to the story that were irrelevant, confusing, or just plain complicated.  Times, dates, class schedules, subplots… why did I add all this?

Fixing all the convoluted details felt like cleaning dog hair off a blanket– with tweezers.

It was too much, peppered all over the story.  I couldn’t keep up with it all!  There were so many contradictions, page after page, that I just didn’t think the time necessary to fix it all was worth it.  Mostly because…

3. I became involved with a new, more exciting draft!

Yep, I cheated on my draft with another draft.  You can judge me for it.  This new draft started as a school writing workshop project, but I quickly fell in love.

The new draft gave me back the joy I felt writing.

The new draft reminded me what it was like to feel connected to a story, to have fun writing it, and to look forward to diving into that fictional world every day.  The new draft also felt more like me, and I am now happy to be working on it.

That old draft was just not meant to be finished, and I have now moved on from it.

Though I may revisit it sometime in the future, I have accepted that some of my drafts, although great writing practice, deserve to stay in a USB in my desk drawer.  Not all seeds will grow into full trees.  And that’s okay.

Have you ever abandoned a draft? 😭 Tell me your story in the comments 😊

Write on,


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6 thoughts on “3 Reasons I Abandoned My Draft

  1. Yep. Well, it was more a storyline for a role playing game that was designed to be played in an offline, live-action context, but was being played online on a community server. It was pretty much a first attempt at writing fiction and had a bit of interest from others but then the game fell apart, and the writing ceased before the story was supposed to end. It got shelved with an idea that I would finish it later, but then I realized in order to do properly, I’d need to completely re-write it and remove all of the role play game details.

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  2. This is so relatable. At the start of the year I wrote a manuscript that was my longest to date, but by the end I realised I’d over-complicated things, didn’t have an audience in mind and I’d written it in the worst possible tense for the story. I tell myself that I learned how not to write a book in the first half of 2018, and hopefully I’ve gained many lessons from that. Hopefully.

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    1. That’s a great way to look at it! Everyone gets better with practice, and writing is no different 😊 You learn by burning a cake, you learn by writing some less-than-great manuscripts!

      Thanks for sharing,

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  3. I’ve abandoned my third novel in the Shadow Knight series while I’m submitting the first. I have no idea how the story will develop once it’s excepted.
    So I’ve cheated on my old MS with a fresher, more exciting project too. (Loved that line – hilarious.)

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