You’re overthinking it!

Over the last few days I have been trying to write an outline for TCM, using a few different techniques. I worry about the structure, I’m pressuring myself to get it right so that I don’t have to do another complete rewrite after this one. I want to make sure that every scene counts, and the story flows and all that other good stuff.

It’s a situation I often find myself in, and I’m giving myself a virtual slap because I’m totally overthinking it, and it’s not helping!


Cassie, you don’t have to get it perfect right this minute.


Cassie, just because you can’t seem to get your head around the technical terms, it doesn’t mean you don’t know how to tell a story.


Cassie, don’t let this stop you. You can’t stay frozen, because you really want to write this story, and you’re the only one who can do it.


Cassie, I have faith in you. Don’t be so hard on yourself, and don’t lose the love you have for this story just because you can’t seem to figure out someone elses way of making stories work. There is no one right way, just the right way for you. You’ll find it soon enough.


9 thoughts on “You’re overthinking it!”

  1. I could do with a slap or two with regards to this. THough I’m contemplating getting some distance between me and current work by writing something with no planning whatsoever based on a writing class fragment. Launching into something with no idea where it’s going instead of my usual planning and prevaricating might teach me a few things…

  2. JUST WRITE!!!!!! And if you have to do a big re-write…well that’s what happens. I’ve found with nearly all of my stories that I’ve had to almost completely write one thing, which then gets ditched as in the process of doing so I figure out what I really should be writing. Frankly, it’s a pain, but trying to write outlines etc just gets me tied up in knots.
    And the odd slap to make me sit down at my PC every now and then would help.
    Sorry, that’s no help at all, but I feel your pain.

    1. haha, it’s all good, Richard 🙂 This IS my rewrite, so I want to make sure I am on the right track – funnily enough, the day after this, I NAILED it. Apparently slapping oneself around a bit really does help!

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