Why is it so difficult to write your story?

Dear Me

Back in March, I started writing my story for the 7th time. I wrote about a 800 words in two days and then put it aside. Maybe this tells why this is my 7th attempt to write my story. Does that happen to you too?

However, I didn’t want this attempt to go futile. There is no doubt that this story is special but there was more to it this time.

This time, I had started working on a writing style that I have longed to work on.

After closing work yesterday, I had a sudden urge to go back to the draft of the latest attempt. When I read it, I felt like I should take the story forward instead of scrapping it yet again to start afresh after a couple of years. I ended up writing about 300 words. I know it’s not too much. But taking one step forward does count.

It does not have the build-up of a mystery story, but there’s an incident that gave birth to this story. When I found myself writing about it, I thought it came too soon and I should take things slow. So I’m trying to dodge to flashbacks to add more essence. Maybe I’ll change the order of events later.

Isn’t it too easy for us to keep our story aside because it’s not urgent? Or because we are not getting paid to write it? Or because we are waiting for the right time to start writing it?

August 20, 2020


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15 thoughts on “Why is it so difficult to write your story?

  1. Just this morning I checked through my old notebooks and found loads of great stories that I gave up on. I will now pick them up, blow off the dust (plenty of that) and give them a fresh start.

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      1. Dunno yet. Probably the one about the rich London diamond merchant who promises to disinherit his only daughter if she marries someone from outside “our faith”.

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      2. Aah.. that’s seems an interesting one. A story about money and inheritance or is that a fight for love? Or maybe about the father-daughter relationship?


  2. Or because we feel we’re not doing justice to it? Like I always feel like I’m missing out on the best parts so I start over. And that happens again. 🙈

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  3. That’s good that you made progress.
    I think that sometimes it simply isn’t the right time for the story to go forward.
    Personally, I do struggle with finding free time that I can dedicate to writing without it feeling like “work.”

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    1. Yeah sometimes it’s not the right time and we may not do justice to it if we force it.
      What do you do to get rid of the struggle?

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