I restarted the story that I have been writing tentatively called “Mystics”. It isn’t that I completely started over again; instead, I have taken what I liked from the first outline and started what I call outline # 2.
I have been trying to do this story a little bit different from previous (failed) attempts at writing. Several times in the past I have outlined a story only to end up with a gigantic, logical outline and absolutely no interest in the story. This time, I am trying to write more by the seat of my pants. There is one problem — at least for me — when I write by the seat of my pants. I have a tendency to have so many changes to what I have already written that I end up wanting to write it all over again.
I have decided to try to use that “write it over again” feeling to my advantage. I have been writing on “Mystics” but keeping notes on what I wanted to change. When there get to be too many things that I want to change, I take out what I like and start writing the story from the beginning again.
I have also been experimenting with using a database to keep track of the writing. So far it has worked very well. The database, however, is a topic for another day.