Pixar’s Rule #17
No work is ever wasted. If it’s not working, let go and move on – it’ll come back around to be useful later.
- Some people believe if you can’t get through a story shelve it and come back to his much later.
- Some people believe you can just push through the wall.
- Some people say scrap it and move on.
What is best? Only you can truly decide what is best for you. If you start a story, you must have a heart for the story, so I don’t feel scrapping a story is ever the answer. The other two, I can say ‘yes’ to both.
Sometimes you need a break from a story. A new story may be filling your thoughts, so shelving the work would be the best thing for you at that particular point. But at some point go back to the work and tweak it make it better and finish the story you want to be heard.
Sometimes you need to just push through that particular point and go to the next scene, and then you can come back and rework the problem at a later time. You will be able to make it better—the best. That is where your intense edits will come into play and help you make the story perfect. So, you come back around to the problem area and make it better and the writing you originally put to paper will be useful. It will be useful in helping you know where you want to go or possibly where you do not want to go.
So all work is useful, even if it is completely reworked. It was useful.
Do you feel you have ever wasted time on work?
Also, all of you should check out the posts from my blogging friends who are doing this challenge with me! The first posts go up today. Links to Kate Brauning, Talynn Lynn, Mary Pat, and Alex Yuschik’s blogs are located on the side bar.
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