It’s a strange thing when you realize that things aren’t the way they should be but they are the way they have become. I of course refer not to a philosophical point about our society or civilization or anything that lofty, what I’m talking about is your creative venture into the mind. That story/art/film/picture that you are working on, when the finished product does not match the product in your mind’s eye. Where did it all go wrong? Is it wrong?
The answer to this is simple. It’s not wrong, but whether or not it is as good as the intended piece is up for you to decide and of course the audience. This problem has happened several times in the past with me and sometimes I’ve found it actually strengthened my characters and story and other times it seems like it robbed the vitality of the story. If you feel that you have been robbed and your original idea was much stronger, well then the simple thing to do would be find where the ideological divergence occurred and commence rewriting sticking to the original concept. Can’t decide which is better? I have a suggestion for that as well. Take your trusted audience, see my earlier blog for choosing a reader (https://lagomorphflix.wordpress.com/2010/08/10/picking-a-reader/), and tell them both ideas; the original and the newer version. Get an opinion on which they feel is stronger or more interesting.
Let me just go ahead and make this statement, if you don’t like certain aspects of the new version that’s why we edit and refine to improve our stories/pictures/art/stuff. See if you can incorporate aspects of both versions into a finished product that draws on the strengths of both concepts. This is why I say there are no wrong ideas or stories, they aren’t all great but creativity and imagination can never be wrong, it can however be less right than you might like.
So let me just again say it: create and when you’re done take a look at it. If the idea changes of its own accord, evaluate the change and see if it’s good. Can’t decide put it to a vote, but at the end of the day it’s your baby and it has to be your decision. And one last thought, sometimes it’s the mistakes that make something great.