From Monochrome to Kaleidoscope: Breathing New Life into Your Story

Evan Swensen
3 min readJun 21, 2024


Encountering a crossroads in your creative journey is a tale as old as time. Within words and imagination, feeling disconnected from a narrative that once sparked a fire within you is not uncommon. This disconnection, where the story no longer captivates, can be disheartening. However, it’s crucial to remember that the canvas of your first draft is a playground for creativity, a place for experimentation and transformation.

The Elements of Style by Strunk and White emphasizes clarity, simplicity, and the importance of cutting unnecessary words. This approach can breathe new life into a stagnant story. When the spark dims, returning to the basics can reveal hidden gems within your prose.

The solution lies in a simple yet profound exploration of your narrative. Dive into the essence of your main character. Could you intensify their struggles or desires? Revisit the segments of your story that resonate with you and reflect on why they stir something within your soul. It’s often in these slivers of connection that the true spirit of your story can be found. Moreover, consider the genres that ignite your passion. If your current story doesn’t align with them, it might be time to venture into a narrative that truly reflects your interests.

Think of Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott, where she suggests taking it step by step, focusing on one aspect of your story at a time. This methodical approach can help in rediscovering the joy of writing. It’s not about the immediate perfection but the process of unfolding the story, one layer at a time.

Let this be an invitation to look at your work with fresh eyes, seek the sparks that once inspired you, and mold your story into one that captures your imagination and that of your future readers. Imagine the scent of fresh ink on paper, the crisp rustle of pages turning, and the soft glow of a desk lamp illuminating your workspace. These sensory experiences can reconnect you with the tactile pleasure of writing.

Consider the advice from On Writing by Stephen King, where he describes writing as telepathy, transferring thoughts from the writer’s mind to the reader’s. This magical connection can reignite your passion. Reflect on the moments in your narrative that feel like this kind of telepathy, where your characters and their struggles leap off the page and into the reader’s heart.

With dedication and a willingness to explore, your story can transform from monochrome to a kaleidoscope of intrigue and emotion. Remember, the journey of writing is often filled with unexpected detours. Embrace them. These detours can lead to new vistas and unexplored terrains of creativity. Just as in life, it’s the unplanned paths that often bring the most profound experiences.

In the end, writing is an act of faith. Faith in the characters, the story, and most importantly, in oneself. The disconnection you feel is not a permanent state but a temporary pause, a breath before the plunge back into the creative flow. Trust in this process, and let your narrative unfold with renewed vigor and vision.

This narrative, rich with introspection and vivid imagery, intertwines personal reflection with practical advice, guiding writers through the challenging yet rewarding journey of rekindling their creative spark.

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Evan Swensen

Book publisher, editor, author, Author Masterminds charter member, founder of Readers and Writers Book Club, and bush pilot.