When Plans Change

Yep. Typical of me really; the competition closes tomorrow and the short story I’ve been writing and posting to Sunday Snippets was my intended entry. Typical me then, that I look at the piece, decide ‘I like that, but it doesn’t fit the brief as well as I’d like’ and totally change the story! The scenes that you’ve so kindly been looking at for me over the last three weeks are no longer part of the story. In fact, the plot has taken a gigantic diversion and become something else entirely!

Not that this is a bad thing. It’s just a bit nutty to do this the day before the competition closes.

The brief, which you can find here, was Betrayal. Simple as. However, when I looked at the story again it felt like more of a revenge piece, than one of betrayal. Sure, that’s there – he was sleeping with another woman after all – but then Laicee took steps to make herself feel better about it. I’m sure you’ve already guessed, or hit the right ball park, from what I’ve previously written over the last couple of weeks.

So I’ve changed it. A lot. The piece is shorter too, or it will be by the time I’m done. I think the story will be better for it too. And of course, there’s nothing to stop me using the original story elsewhere if I so wish.

Have you ever done that? Been absolutely sure and ready that a piece of writing was what you wanted, to realise, right before the deadline that you didn’t quite have it? What did you do?

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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4 Responses to When Plans Change

  1. caitlinstern says:

    Well, I’m late to the Snippets this week. Not sure if this means you don’t need a critique, but I’ll still do one.
    A last minute change of mind sounds stressful! But you have to do what your muse tells you to do, right?


    • I never thought of asking here for a critique actually. Silly me! The story is finished now and I need to get it sent this afternoon, but thanks anyway.
      I’ll remember you for next time! 🙂


  2. Writerlious says:

    It hurts to scrap something you’ve worked hard on, but sometimes a piece just isn’t “working.” That happened with a novel I was working on a couple years ago. I left it and just last spring had an idea of what to do to fix it. Now I just finished a first draft!

    My advice: Save all the projects you scrap. You might come back to it later. 🙂


    • I had to buy another hard drive just to hold all the scraps and bits and bobs I’ve abandoned over the years. One day I WILL go through it and do something with those pieces. At the very least I’m sure I can get some flash out of it. 🙂


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