Crafting Beginnings from Ruins – Daily Quote


Next item on my schedule is rewriting/editing a piece I hate. I consider it a fail. Surprise, surprise, it has been languishing in my short story draft file. I don’t hate the premise, but the story’s execution is weak. There are words, sentences, ideas I may salvage. It requires me to roll up my shirt sleeves, prepare for construction dust, and do Atlas-style weightlifting.

I considered hitting the delete key, but I can’t bring myself to do it. It is funny. I have burned entire notebooks, filled with handwritten stories, without hesitation. But deleting a file is anathema. From a logic standpoint, the pen, ink, and paper creations should be more difficult to destroy than impersonal electronic I’s and O’s. Perhaps it is the fact those files don’t clutter my desk, occupy real-life space and are easy to move to my “Fix Someday” Folder.

I have several of these files in that folder. A few stories have merit, good ideas, a likable character, conflict, the stuff you want in a story.  But they lack the spit and polish needed to shine, and for me to declare the tale good enough for prime time. While I may like these stories the prospect of dissecting, cutting reworking and rehashing them, is unpleasant. However, I want them finished, which leaves me little choice on what I must do.

Do you rewrite, edit, delete or file for someday?


Keep on writing.

Jo Hawk The Writer

6 thoughts on “Crafting Beginnings from Ruins – Daily Quote

  1. Editing is often a difficult process, more so it often makes me cringe at the words I’ve used (misused) or the way the story moves (stand and spins like a toppling top). But yeah, it’s important to keep those ruins, or as I prefer it, weak structures, and renovate them. 🙂

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  2. I only have one story I can find from my teen years. I wrote more than that. but can’t find them. I submitted that one story and it was rejected and I felt rejected and terrible and didn’t write again for 20 or more years and then I gradually starting writing again and then I hit send on my brand new blog. Haven’t stopped writing yet although not everything is postable. I have 3 books under construction.


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