On September 15th, 1916, the British Army introduced the tank to warfare. Its debut was on the Somme battlefield, by that time mired in mud, blood and slaughter.
It was not an auspicious start, yet by the end of the war, the tank had proved to be an invaluable aid to the allies and saved many lives just by being there, and today it is the master of the battlefield.
When starting a new book, article, short story (or blog), we can feel like those first tanks: untried, untested and prone to failure. The mechanics of the story fall apart, the characters are out of place, and the whole thing crumbles when we put it under any serious scrutiny.
We may have tested it all in our head or in our notes, but after the first draft we know something is rotten with it. Not always, but often enough.
The British army kept on with the tank as they saw the positive contribution they had made. The mechanical problems were all but overcome by 1918 and the protection they afforded the infantry on the battlefield was welcomed.
Keep faith with your idea, improve the mechanics of the story, place the characters in the right place and, like the tank, you can become a master of the field.
image courtesy of British Library flickr page