I’m not much of a video game player, but I love leveling up. Especially if they come up with great graphics! But sometimes it’s hard to see which way you’re going, whether it’s in video games or in real life.
I’ve been writing on a regular schedule with one project. When I got a new idea, I thought: Perfect! A new short story! Wow, was I wrong. But I was concerned about whether or not it even made sense, since I wrote it in a three hour rush and spent maybe another three hours editing it.
I didn’t realize it at the moment, but it turns out I leveled up. The new project is not my usual type of fantasy. When I work-shopped it, the reaction was overwhelmingly positive. And yet, I spent more time listening to the lone dissenter. I felt he raised some very valid points. Items that I believe if I tackle head on, will make it stronger. However, they all agreed on one thing: it’s not a short story. It’s a novel.
Now I am re-reading what I have so far and trying to seize on just what made this new work level up. If I can figure that out, I think it will make my other project even better…..