The Art of Indecision

Don’t throw away anything you ever write. Ever.

After a very reluctant start to my writing session today, I fell into the groove. I decided that some of the ideas of things I had used before in the original version of Substance were things that rang true to the characters. In some ways, I’ve been trying to make this rewrite too different from the original, and have been isolating myself from the bits of the characters I find the most rewarding.

This is not to say that the prose I wrote the first time is the best prose it can be. But the ideas are good and sound, and I find that I can use pieces of what I thought would have to be discarded.

Which just goes to show you that sometimes you can over think this writer thing.


So, in a sort of manic fever, I wonder if I can get the basic foundation of the book (Stephanus’ move to Mistraldol, Esme’s trial, Stephanus’ defection, Errol’s trial) laid out sooner than later. This would be an action focus.

Then I would probably do a villain action focus, and then solid character arcs. And then Maassketer it together, and then 10 percent solution it. Awesome. Direction.

In the end, this story seems to want to go together like lasagna, one layer at a time.


At any rate, don’t be afraid to revisit your old stuff. Sometimes your instincts are good.


Author: Catherine Schaff-Stump

Catherine Schaff-Stump writes fiction for children and young adults. Her most recent book, The Vessel of Ra, is the first book in the Klaereon Scroll series. She is currently working on its sequel, as well as penning the middle grade adventures of Abigail Rath, monster hunter.

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