Art is never finished, it is merely abandoned.
—Leonardo da Vinci
As Oscar Wilde said, it is true that we must eventually abandon our stories after reworking them over and over again. Yet, before you give up on rewriting, there are many rules and tools that will help you get your story to the most highly polished, well-crafted version possible. It is only then that your story is ready to be abandoned and released to the world.
Most of the people whom I do story consulting with are nice. They are good, kind-hearted people who want to be better storytellers. And that is, many times, their biggest problem. As people, they are ...