We all want progress. But progress means getting nearer to the place where you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man. We have all seen this when doing arithmetic. When I have started a sum the wrong way, the sooner I admit this and go back and start again, the fast I shall get on. There is nothing progressive about being pig headed and refusing to admit a mistake.
– C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity
I recently deleted a good portion of the novel that I have been working on. It was sad to see my word count drop, as that is one of the things that helps me feel like a writer. But as Lewis says, sometimes progress means going back and trying again.
So I went back. The scene I thought was needed was a scene that must wait. I feel that I am on the right track again. And that is a refreshing feeling.
How often it seems that I need to turn around in order to get closer to the place that I really want to be…