Let's go back to Tuesday's post about technology woes, and Wednesday's post about outlines, and talk about blessings in disguise. This may not strictly be a writing topic, but I think it's still an important lesson I can share with you!
As I posted on twitter and facebook Wednesday afternoon, I succeeded in rewriting the whole outline I lost to my evil flash drive. This truly was an accomplishment, and a bit of a weight off my shoulders.
But I didn't stop there - inspired, I kept working on it. Parts of the book that were hazy and completely unplanned (like the whole middle) suddenly became clear to me. I was able to almost completely finish my outline by that night.
Now, I have a fleshed out roadmap to help me finish this first draft, something I didn't have before.
Now let's talk about the 5000 words I lost - are they exactly the same? No. Do they still tell the same story? Yes. Might they be even better than the ones I lost? Why yes, I believe so.
I still have a long way to go in this story, but I've recovered everything I've lost and been able to create more. So how do I feel?
That about sums it up.
My point? Sometimes, setbacks are exactly the opposite. I don't know if I'd have gotten so much done this week if I hadn't been pushed to rewrite what I'd lost.
Another point? Never give up. Ever. Because whatever mountain you're climbing, you'll get to the top and realize it wasn't so bad after all. (Or it was really bad and you'll get to feel super accomplished for overcoming it!)
What are your writing success stories?