Persistence and Belief

It's been a week of flirting with an idea, a flighty and maddening one, making for a very off and on relationship, but now I think we may finally be settling down together.

Last weekend, I had a notion for a short story, which I liked very much. In just a few seconds, I could see how it would start, develop and end, with a little twist, and a side order of wry social commentary.

On Monday, I started writing it. The beginning went well, the middle section ok, but the ending just wouldn't work.

I tried again on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, and still the darned denouement refused to come.

By Friday, I was inclined to dump the entire idea and start work on something new, but found I couldn't. It just kept nagging at me.

I'm a firm believer in following your instincts, so come Saturday I had one more try at thinking my way through it... and, at last, saw what the problem was and how to resolve it.

I've started re-writing and happily it seems to be working now. Hurray and relief!

And yet again, the insights which I've met many times before, but can never experience enough are...

1. Listen to your instincts. If an idea won't leave you alone, it's generally for a reason - it's worth persisting with.

2. Persist. Giving up is not an option if you want to be a writer. Rejections and frustrations are part of the job.

3. Believe in yourself and your ideas, however hard sometimes, and however many knocks you suffer. 

Easy to say, you might comment? Fair enough, but take a look at this - 

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That's the opinion of one script editor at the BBC about the wonderful Fawlty Towers. And if his thoughts had been taken as final judgment... oh, dear. It's nigh impossible to be English and imagine life without Basil and co.

Persistence and belief - time and time and time again, such important allies for a writer.