SOL #7 Starting Over

Starting over.

I’ve been wrestling with a think piece that I was looking forward to submitting for publishing. I had a topic I was feeling passionate about and started drafting with verve. The editor was generous and encouraging and prodded me to add more specifics and detail my proposed outcomes. I thought I was doing well. I rethought several elements, dug a little deeper into the research. At some point in the wee hours of the morning I decided that I need to start over.

I realized that in my effort to write to impress, I had lost sight of my real purpose. Everything got very foggy and dense. I found less and less joy in the project. Now I see that what I was writing was and is important but not from the vantage point I was using. Turns out my angle was too wide, my premise too vague, my intentions far too broad. So I need to let the whole thing go and start over. Maybe even walk away from the topic. I’ve only recently learned that this, too, is an option.

When I look at my various blogging accounts, I occasionally peek at the draft/published ratio. There are many many unfinished and reconsidered drafts in my folders. Those are not failures, those are fits and starts, ideas waiting for their right moment. Although I got pretty far down the road with this particular draft and enjoyed the support of an editor, I’m learning that I have choices and to pass  is one of them.

The right idea is always close. If I can settle my brain and let the idea find me, I’ll be just fine.

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9 thoughts on “SOL #7 Starting Over

  1. I love this line: “Those are not failures, those are fits and starts, ideas waiting for their right moment.“ I’m sharing this w/ students. It’s so important. Good luck. I hope you find your muse.

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  2. I so appreciate this, especially the truth that I find in your final line: “If I can settle my brain and let the idea find me, I’ll be just fine.” Yes. Great words to get me started this morning…

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  3. You are brave! It takes courage to be able to walk away and begin again. There is so much wisdom in your post about knowing what to do next. Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I like that you let the idea find you otherwise it sometimes feels like forced. There is nothing wrong with starting over. Often times we don’t realize the need to to that until we have something written down and see that it will not work the way we first thought.

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  5. An important insight: “I realized that in my effort to write to impress, I had lost sight of my real purpose.” May you find it, for purpose gives passion and voice to writing. There will always be many more drafts than published text in the folder.

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  6. Waiting for their right moment. Much like a list in the front of a writing journal, I have a list of ideas and fragments hat might be nurtured and grow and some will stay in that dormant state. I don’t keep drafts too long before I write or pitch. I never count my comments, my views, or my likes.

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