Mark Noldy


Down, But Not Out

I have been down with the “tenth grade plague.” For about the past 2 weeks, I have not gotten up at my usual 3:30 am to exercise and write. I even missed a day of work at the beginning of this upper respiratory bug, which is unusual for me. After two weeks of some needed rest, I am back to exercising and writing as of this morning.

I didn’t anticipate I would be thinking so much about my story when I was unable to do flow-state writing… and how many twists I could imagine while I was getting my needed rest. But alas, I have an outline. Stick to the script, right?

Even more weird is that I found myself thinking about other story treatments and beats that I have waiting in Evernote. I’m not sure whether it’s normal to wish I were done with one story, so that I could start another more “written-to-market” story. Do writers ever abandon a story to start one that has more appeal? Or is this just a case of the grass being greener on the other side?

Please let me know your thoughts.


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