It looks like I am going to be starting on The Last Interred version 4. While I thought I could reach the end with version 3, I have just changed too much to finish that version. Actually, I could finish it, but the story wouldn’t be good enough. I already realized that there would be more rewriting that it would take to just start with version 4. That is what brings me to the realization that I should just start over.
There is a little bit of worry about starting the story over again. While it should be better, the act of starting over again just prolongs the time until I can type “The End” on the story. There is a danger of taking too long with a story — at least for me. The longer I take to complete a story, the more likely it is that I will give up on that story before I ever reach an ending. It is a danger that I must be aware of at all times.
Perhaps I should start working on a time limit. I didn’t want to push myself with a deadline since I am not a professional writer; still, it might do me good to look at writing like it was a graduate course with a time when the writing has to be turned in regardless of how good or bad it is.
I will have to give the deadline idea some thought before I impliment it. I need to make sure that it will actually help me instead of just giving me something else to worry about. For instance, if I did go with a deadline, I would have to make it long enough that I wouldn’t feel so much pressure that I would want to abandon the story all together. On othe other hand, I would have to make the deadline short enough that it actually had value. If it was too long, then it would provide no real motivation.
I would be interested in hearing how anyone else handles creative deadlines. Are they good or bad for you? Do you use them at all? Are they self imposed? Do they help your creative process or slow it down?