All Things New

As everyone knows Thomas Edison was an inventor. However, at one point in his career, there was a fire where he worked. While watching years of his work go up in flames, he calmly stated all his mistakes were gone. Now he could begin anew. He was actually happy!

Three weeks later he invented the phonograph. Prior attempts at building said phonograph had (literally) gone up in smoke. With that, he forgot all the mistakes he’d made and started totally fresh.

We can all apply this philosophy…just get rid of the errors and begin all over again.

If you’re working on a story but seem to have hit a brick wall and can’t find a way around it, set that story aside. Start something totally new. It might be a story that’s been bugging you for a while, but you wouldn’t drop the other one to work on. It’ll be interesting to see how fast it all comes together.

I can’t say this has happened to me. No, I’m so stubborn I keep plugging away when I should quit and move on to the next project. Forget my mistakes and start with a clean slate. I’m willing to bet I’d be a lot happier with the end result. Kinda like Mr. Edison and the phonograph.

Hmm. Perhaps I should take my own advice. Since I just finished a project, and it’s a new year, think I’ll start a brand new story and see where it takes me. 🙂

(For those out there who don’t know what a phonograph is – Google it! You might be surprised how it has influenced your lives.)

Linda Trout


8 thoughts on “All Things New

    • That’s true. We get so locked in to the one idea/thought on our current WIP, that we can’t see anything else. Guess that’s what happened to Mr. Edison. He just needed something to jumpstart him. Um, I guess a fire burning down all your work would certainly do that. 😉

    • Jackie,
      At least you never run out of ideas. If you ever get writers block, all you have to do is open up one of the previously started projects to work on a while to get the ole brained jump-started. Right? 😉

  1. Funny last paragraph, Linda!!

    Getting a fresh look at a project is sometimes the only thing that saves it. So many of us will keep beating a dead horse (all you younger folks, Google that, too), but the new perspective can CPR that sucker back to life.

    On the other hand, Jackie Kramer, you are forbidden to start anything new until you finish TEARS OF THE SUN!!!!!!

    • I find it amazing how fast technology is changing our world. The older I get, the harder it is to keep up.

      Sometimes it’s best to forget a project all together, put it under the bed and forget about it. i.e. chalk it up as a learning tool. But there are times when it is best to let it ‘rest’ a while before going back to it. After all, you don’t want to stop in the middle of a really good story. Who knows? It might just be the next block buster. 😉

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