It’s Okay To Go Back To The Beginning Sometimes

So I’ve been knocked about a few times by life this month. With work, being sick and writing. Oh man, especially with writing. There’s a high chance I’m going to do a major overhaul with my current WIP because the main characters have hit a road block in their arcs and most of the plot points have become convoluted.

Me, when I realised I may have to do another rewrite.

I swear the deeper I get into writing stories in general, the more hits I take. Writer’s block *smack* feedback *smack* major rewrites *smack* rejections *smack smack SMACK* And here I thought writing would get easier after every project. Haha oh my poor naive soul.

While I do carry some elements from one story to the next, it’s still starting from scratch and the more complicated the WIP, the f**king harder the writing process is. It’s even harder if you’re not a full-time writer because you have to try and find moments in your day-to-day where it’s just you, your writing material and possibly, most likely, a cup of coffee or whatever drink or food that makes it easier.

At times like this sometimes I do feel like giving up. Sometimes I do end up walking away, but then I remember that it’s my story to tell. So I come running back because someone has to do it, because I want to know what happens to these characters and because I truly, deeply love this sh**.

Unconditional positive love all!

It’s not the first time I’m doing a major overhaul with a WIP, where I go back to the beginning and I’m sure it won’t be the last. It’s going to be a lot of work but hey, I may find the breakthrough I need. It’s happened before. Perhaps it’ll happen again.

I’m hopeful for this WIP’s future!

In the wise words of actor Matthew McConaughey from that random Lincoln commercial…

Sometimes you gotta go back, to actually move forward.

Matthew McConaughey

So for those struggling with their writing right now and you’re dreading to do a major rewrite, to start right back at the beginning, it’s okay. Go away for a while if you must to recharge your creative batteries, but I hope you return to those pages again because you’re the only one who can bring your story to life.

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Thank you for taking the time to read this post. I’d like to mention that what I write about is simply a reflection of my own personal experiences.

By sharing my thoughts about the things that have motivated and inspired me as well as the people in my life, I’m hoping I could motivate and inspire others.

I’m aware that everyone’s situation is different and if what you are doing works for you, I’m really glad. Please continue doing what you’re doing.

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*Matthew McConaughey and the MKC: “Intro” Commercial | Bill Knight Lincoln in Tulsa-

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*Photo Credit – Reset Button: Jose Antonio Gallego Vázquez on Unsplash

*Photo Credit – Boy Crying: Ksenia Makagonova on Unsplash

*Photo Credit – Handcuffs: Лечение наркомании from Pixabay 

2 thoughts on “It’s Okay To Go Back To The Beginning Sometimes

  1. Darius Marley says:

    Great post! I’ve been copywriting for about ten years, and most of the work I do is under deadline. Re-writes aren’t cost-effective, and I’ve learned how to call a piece “finished,” so I can move on to the next thing. Creative writing, however, is all about taking things to the next level. As frustrating as it feels to edit hard and write things all over again… there’s also a deep satisfaction that comes with having that kind of freedom. Lean into it. Enjoy it!

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    1. Leo Ladia says:

      Thanks Darius! I’m glad you like the post 🙂 I agree with you about creative writing. Even though I do find re-writes frustrating at times, my favorite stories that I’ve written are the ones I’ve created numerous drafts for and I wouldn’t have gotten there if I didn’t have the freedom to do so.

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