This week, my son is on spring break. That means that last week I had work to get done. I had to do better than stay caught up. I had to get ahead.
Yet one piece refused to come together. I had written my first draft but try as I might, subsequent drafts were no better. If anything, they were getting worse. So I did what I often do at times like this.
I started over.
Instead of trying to fix what I had already written, I started a new copy. When I know what I want to say but can’t seem to get there from where I am, I scrap it all and start anew with a clear destination in sight.
Tell another writer that you do this, and you might be surprised by their reaction. I get a lot of cringes. “But that’s means you’ve wasted all that time.”
Wasted? No. It only took me about 20 minutes to create this new draft. The wasted time was the 2 hours I spent on a rewrite that refused to come together.
When one way of doing it isn’t working, try something new. You may be surprised by the results.