Last year I started planning this story... a twist on Sleeping Beauty. I worked on the plot for a few months, but I couldn't get it all straightened out in my mind. I was too close to it, and I had so many ideas that I couldn't piece them together. I finally gave up on it, thinking it was a lost cause.
Today I was sitting at work, looking through my writing folder. I have a lot of documents that I didn't label very clearly, so they sit in that folder until I find them again. I've actually re-discovered a lot of great ideas this way.
Well, today I found one labelled "Sleeping Beauty plan." I almost dismissed it because I remembered giving up on it before I got very far, but I decided to take a look anyway, and I was pleasantly surprised to discover that I have a lot more than I remember. I've been working on outlining the plot out of my rambling pages of notes, and I think I have a good idea of where this is going and how I will lay it out.
I now have a new project to work on over the summer, one that I am excited about. I can't work on anything unless I am extremely excited about it. This is why I so frequently stop in the middle of a project to start something else.
I think this one is going to turn out well if I can keep this energy. It is a unique idea, and I happen to love fairy tales. Maybe soon I will reveal a little more of the twist on the story.
What do you do when you run out of energy on a project? Do you push through and finish it, or do you set it aside?