The Fear, Excitement and Liberation of Breakthroughs

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /

Image courtesy of Danilo Rizzuti /

Sometimes we struggle with a project. Maybe it’s outlined but the words aren’t matching the plan. Sometimes we’re flying by the seat of our pants but everything we put on paper doesn’t seem to fit. It’s easy to get frustrated.

I’ve been beating my head against the wall over my short story because I couldn’t get the image in my head to match the tone of the story. I had a clear view of what I wanted to happen, but the characters weren’t going along with the plan. You see, I was telling the wrong story.

From the beginning, an outside influence set things in motion and all this time I’ve been working with the thought that the outside influence must remain a part of the story. It has to come back around to her. Doesn’t it?

Sure, she played a big role in the beginning. But I tried to make her larger than life when in fact she has very little to do with the overall story. She was a catalyst and nothing more. The conflict of the story falls to the main character and his father. And conflict is there. Big time.

Now, I need to concentrate on the resolution. Father and son are at each other’s throats. They don’t understand each other’s motivations. What must I do to take them from this stage to the next? How do I make them understand each other without hitting the reader over the head?

Where once I thought the outside influence would play a part, now I believe father and son and can work things out on their own. Without gimmicks.

It’s scary. It’s exciting. It’s liberating!

  • Awesome! Yay for breakthroughs! They really are a great feeling.