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Write On

So lets say you’ve watched a great movie. As a kid, great movies was what encouraged me to write. Let’s say a movie you watched gave you an idea. Lets say it inspired you to write a novel, short story, comic book, or whatever. You do it for two days, maybe even a week, before it happens. The effect of the movie has worn off. You’re no longer interested in your story/article/whatever.

Well, now what? To tell you the truth, I don’t have the answer.

Should you continue the story with the determination to see things through? Or maybe you should forget all about it since.

Maybe the only thing that made you passionate about your story at all was memory of the movie you watched. Now that that’s gone, it’s best to put away your pencil or start doing something else.

But maybe you’re onto something really great here, and you need to keep writing even though you’ve lost interest.

There’s two ways you can look at this.

One way to look at it is that your story was like an effect of a drug. You were under the hypnotic effects of the drug and now you’re not. No need to continue.

Another way to look at it is that your story was began as an effect of the movie, but that doesn’t define it. Through your hard work your story is now a separate entity from the movie you’ve watched and can live on as its own story, so you should keep working on it until its done.

Continuing a story that was based on a temporary hype even after the hype’s died down is really painful sometimes, so think carefully about doing so. If the story’s really empty, its best to throw it out (maybe not forever, but for now). If you feel that the story is worth continuing, go through with it. You won’t forget it if you do things right.

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