“It is important to know when you are fretting it; when you are fretting it because it is not working, it needs to be scrapped.”
~ Toni Morrison
Usually, I feature these quotes because I am in 100% agreement with the sentiment being expressed. With this one, though, I am somewhat less certain, because at what point does one decide that something that is not working needs to be scrapped?
From my own point of view, sometimes when a piece of writing appears not to be working, all that means is that I have to work harder, writing and throwing away until I finally hit the right story track through the creative jungle. So I feel it’s important to distinguish between a particular line of approach to a story, that may well need to be dispensed with in favour of another, and scrapping the story altogether…