Have you ever talked yourself out of a story? I mean, you get an idea for a story that you really like, so you start working it out – plot, characters, background, etc. You spend a couple of days thinking about it. But then, because you’re examining it closely, it starts to fall apart. For example, say you decide to write about a knight in shining armor who rescues a princess from a tower. The tower is guarded by a dragon, so this will be a perilous mission. But then you start examining it. Why is this princess locked up? Did she commit a crime? Does it matter? (She’s a princess in a fairy tale – a member of a royal family, so you’d think she’d be pardoned for most crimes …) Who has imprisoned her? Can’t that person just be bought off with a ransom? She’s a princess, after all. Probably very rich. Why is the dragon guarding her? Doesn’t the dragon have anything better to do? What profit does the dragon gain by guarding her? And where did the dragon come from? If there’s a whole race of dragons, you’d think the humans would have figured out how to defeat one of them. If there isn’t a whole race of dragons, why is there this one? And why does anybody think it makes sense for one lone knight to attempt a foolhardy, almost-surely suicidal, rescue mission? You’d think the kingdom the princess comes from would have sent a whole army to get her back. That’s what happened with Helen of Troy. Before you know it, you have a whole slew of questions that all have unsatisfactory answers, and the more questions you ask, the less sense your story makes. You started off with something that looked like it was going to be fun and exciting and you now have a heap of wet garbage that isn’t worth writing. Does this kind of thing happen to any of you? Or am I the only one who over-analyzes my stories to death?