Writer – Is There Buried Treasure In Your Unfinished Story? #Writing #AmWriter

Going back to an unfinished draft can be so tough, especially when you have lost faith in the premise, can’t work out how you will fill that ugly plot hole and feel like the story has lost its way. Trust me, I have been there, on numerous occasions.

In the past I use to walk away from unfinished drafts with ‘issues.’ The problems always seem insurmountable and after a lot of hair pulling, piercing screams into the freezer drawer, tears and a few gin and tonics I would shelve the draft and move on. Life was too short.

I have since come to discover that the answers to your draft’s problems are like buried treasure and they will be hidden in the rest of the draft – which you haven’t written yet. It might sound like nonsense but its true. You have to finish your draft story because as you chip and dig away at it you will find the answers. By the end you will know how to fill that plot hole, you will regain your faith and you will know which direction to take your story.

Don’t give up on your unfinished draft novel. This story could be the making of you, writer. It could be the one which changes your literary fortunes.

See yourself as an explorer and your story as a mysterious uninhabited island. Don’t get back in your boat half way round the island. The rest of the island awaits you and rumour has it, there is buried treasure.

Take care out there.

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Lucy Mitchell lives in South Wales with her husband, her two teenage daughters, a giant labrador and a gang of unruly cats. Lucy is the author of the award winning blog, BlondeWriteMore and was a Featured Romance Author on Wattpad. When she’s not working or writing, Lucy can be found listening to audiobooks in a muddy field with her dog or sat outside her local pub in the sunshine enjoying a glass of wine. Her debut novel Instructions Falling In Love Again is OUT now and already pulling in some fabulous reviews ❤️

33 thoughts on “Writer – Is There Buried Treasure In Your Unfinished Story? #Writing #AmWriter

  1. Thank you Lucy, An Explorer, Yes although I had not thought of that before now, I love the comparison. We are after all #Expolorersofthemind

  2. “Some of the party might get eaten by wild beasts or fall down bottomless pits.” Yeah. Hate when that happens. But…demoted to minor character?! That’s just crushing. (See what I did there? Crushed. I am FULL of bad jokes today.)
    This really stood out for me though because I have had some characters take over and my main character gets demoted. It happens. And it’s kind of cool when it does.

    1. Loving those bad jokes – sigh! I never knew sharks could be so funny. I think being demoted to a minor character is horrid – poor characters!

  3. “Things could go pear shaped mid book and it might be hours, days or even weeks until loved ones see them again.”

    What does going pear shaped mean? You Brits have such interesting and entertaining sayings.

  4. Wonderful article Lucie! I’ve always considered myself an explorer. I always close my blog posts by saying, “Happy Adventuring” Have a great week!!

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