I've hit a slight dead end though and now I see the importance of why the first draft should be written with no real thought to how it is written. Having been selective in my word use and meticulously worked through a 10,000 or so word short story, I've now come to realise it has very little merit and may have to be binned. I'm just not sure it is doing anything for me anymore and therefore I've spent all that time and effort for seemingly nothing.
I say seemingly, because, all those words are shaping the way in which I write and helping me define my own voice. So, it has been a good run, and I've enjoyed the writing, but it may simply have to go.
I tried to revive it by adding a new perspective from a different character, but still I ask, what it is all about. Originally it was written as a quick read and was less than 5,000 words, but at the end of re-reading I knew it needed more, so kept it going.
Do I continue and try and make it earn its own merit? Or do I walk away?
The next read will tell and I shall make that decision. It'll mean I have to write another for the collection, from a blank page, but so be it. I'd rather have good strong stories included in the collection, than have stories that even I don't feel deserve a place.