Sometimes… things just fizzle out. I might be working on a project, either working on the outline (I wish) or writing the actual material itself and… then… I find… that it’s not going… anywhere. And, like a wet firecracker, it just fizzles out.
And that totally sucks. It really sucks when I hit a dead end on a project. Actually, a DEAD END would be great. That’s something with the project itself. Fizzling is way worse. It means there’s something wrong with ME. (Ok, maybe that’s a little dramatic.)
THERE’S SOMETHING WRONG WITH ME!
Sigh. It means I’ve lost the thread of passion that was driving the project… Passion for the characters or the story drives me through a project. It’s the thing that keeps me at my desk, beating on the keyboard. I care. (Very sentimental. Start the tears now, my friends.)
Is it possible to find that thread again? Find that passion for a project that has grow cold… YES! I think so. It’s a little thing called Time. And it doesn’t work on everything. (And sometimes, it’s the problem itself.) When I return to a project that I haven’t been working on, I have to spend Time… Time to reacquaint myself with the project, Time to find where was I within the project, Time to ignite that passion again…
But, all things being fair, it doesn’t always work. Sometimes, a project deserves to fizzle. It wasn’t going anywhere really. It was just a fever dream.