I am quite possibly the most indecisive person on the planet. No joke. I should come with a warning or something.
Give me a Cheesecake Factory menu and it may take hours for me to decide what to eat. I end up ordering and – for the remainder of the meal – wondering if I should have chosen something else. A big, fat steak sounded good, but what if the Chicken Romano is better??
I’m the same way with my writing.
Right now I’m re-writing Act I. And each day, with each new scene, I end up questioning myself.
Have I chosen the best option to get that part of the story across? Is this the way it should go??
I tell myself that there are a million and one ways to tell a story but only one of those ways is the best. I think that’s the reason I fear committing to any one route. It’s why writing the beginning has been such a stumbling block for me.
I’m simply scared it won’t be perfect.
So how do we know when it’s the right choice? Is there a way to know? I always fear that my doubt in my decisions is a sign that something’s not right, that I should be 100% certain and confident.
How about you? How do you know when a scene or particular plot path is right? What signals alleviate the fear to commit?