Every writer has had that moment where they’re working on a story with hours and hours worth of writing, rewriting and research, to come upon that one piece of research that makes a huge, if not the most important part of their story completely inaccurate.
When working on one of my stories, I’d had been researching for weeks and nearly had a finished product I could proudly call a first draft. At the end of a long work day, I finally discovered the one piece of research I needed and couldn’t find for weeks, to find I had a gargantuan inaccuracy and I to change my a huge aspect of my plot.
We’ve all been there. I can safely say that feeling sucks.
You feel bummed out at first, but to any writers who are experiencing/have experienced this, there is a silver lining.
At least we found this out in the draft stages. Phew!
The beauty of drafts is that exactly. It’s a draft!
Any mistakes in a draft, be it grammatical, a plot hole or whole change up of concept, you can rectify and get your story back on the track it needs to be on. So don’t get disheartened and for the love of God, DO NOT delete your whole story in a rash moment of, “this story isn’t going anywhere!/what the hell was I thinking?”
As tempting as it may be in that moment, don’t.
You have a story, don’t cause yourself unnecessary stress by throwing the whole thing away over one fault!
Carry on with your research, make sure you’ve all your facts for your plot. Read as many books, articles, journals etc. as you can, go back to the drawing board with what you’ve got and go from there. Then draft, redraft and keep working on it until you’ve got your story from start to finish. Either way, DO NOT stop writing! Keep going! 🙂
Keep the faith, fellow writers! You’ll get there! 🙂
Hope you enjoyed this guys, have a great bank holiday Monday!