Saying “goodbye” to a story

time to say goodbye

I came to the conclusion a while ago that I needed to rewrite my oldest story, The Elementals. I had published around twenty chapters here on Writer’s Block, but I felt like it wasn’t going anywhere- I found faults in the plot and general story line; I didn’t like how I separated the group; the parents are an issue (anyone wanting to write a decent story about teenagers doing their own thing in the world, which most of the time involves running away, should know to take the parents out of the picture for a while); and I really just had no ideas has to where to take the story based on where I had it. So I am “discontinuing” The Elementals-Book 1-How It All Started; meaning I will no longer post chapters of it here due to the fact that I’m rewriting it on loose-leaf paper and I’d like to keep it to myself until it’s done- then I might begin posting it again. I can assure you that I like the new version (version three) much better, and it’s very promising. But for now there will be no more Elementals chapters here on Writer’s Block. I understand if there were any of you who liked version two (the version that I’ve been posting here) and are disappointed that I’m “discontinuing”- for that please accept my apology; this was a personal decision based on my view of where I was taking the story.

But worry not, I will still post! My version of the classic tale “The Princess and the Pea” still seems promising, so I shall continue that, and of course I will post reviews. Short stories and poetry may appear from time to time, and I’m still trying to figure out how to post artwork. These aren’t set in stone, but here’s a list of some reviews to look for:

  • The Evolution of Claire by Tess Sharpe
  • Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
  • Vega Jane series book one: The Finisher by David Baldacci
  • Agents of the Glass by Michael D Beil
  • Never Ever by Sara Saedi
  • Property of the Rebel Librarian by Allison Varnes

Those, plus lots more reviews that I won’t announce yet, and the next few parts of The Princess and the Pea, should be coming soon. And maybe some quarantine-related content…

Now for the more educational part of this post. There are probably some of you out there that have a story going that they don’t know where to take it and feel done with it. I felt that way. It’s not always easy to let go of a story you’ve been working on for a while and feel attached to; sometimes there are ways around completely ditching it. For example, try rewriting it. Usually there’s a better way to approach a story, if the idea’s got potential but the content stinks. Sometimes you can keep the general idea for the story (in my case, kids have elemental powers) and change things like setting and events. Even changing characters can help, along with adding new ones or taking away old ones. Other times a whole rewrite is needed, and that’s okay! Write the story that speaks to you; that may mean that it’s not the same as what you had planned.

The moral is, if you feel like a story needs a rewrite or plot wipe or even minor changes, it’s completely fine! It’s something all writers have to go through sooner or later. No matter how many changes you need to make to an idea or an already-developed story, it’s okay to say goodbye.

Hope this helped some of you who might be stuck on a story and are thinking of rewriting it!

One thought on “Saying “goodbye” to a story

  1. I can totally relate! I was doing this huge novel project with my friends and after I spent some time away from it, I realized it wasn’t working. Now we’re totally starting from scratch and I can already tell it’s so much better. You’re right, sometimes it’s good to say goodbye to the story you’ve been writing.


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