This story has been bugging me since then and I've been trying to find ways to make it work. I still like the premise of a time travelling adventure, but have been trying to find a point to the story without completely abandoning what I wrote in that first draft.
Fast forward to 2015. On Saturday, I went to hear Morris Gleitzman speak about his latest book. My kids are huge fans of his Once series and we were looking forward to it. Something he said really resonated with me, and that is "Your character must have a problem to solve".
This got me thinking about the story I wrote back in 2012 and I worked out why it wasn't working. The main character didn't have a problem to solve, he just went on his adventure with the irritation that his grandmother couldn't give a decent birthday present!
While I still like the idea of this story, I've finally given myself permission to abandon the drafts I had been working on and start anew instead of working on the same story and trying to edit it to make it work.
Sometimes, it's hard to let go of a story idea we have been working on for a while. It seems that all the time we spent on those words is going to waste... this is never the case. That time is spent writing words and learning our craft. While I have been reluctant to let my original story go, I know that a lot of the research I did can be used for other stories, as well as the characters I've created and some of the settings I'm sure will pop up in future stories.
Sometimes, we just need to give ourselves permission to leave a story behind completely so we can move on to something better.
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