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.