This advice from Ploughshares:
Has a poem or story ever “gotten away” from you? A great idea can often turn into what feels like an untameable beast. When this happens we suggest taking a step back and concentrating on the essentials.
- Dialogue: Make your characters speak and speak well.
- Tension: Fill your story with juicy conflict.
- Emotion: Ground feelings in experience to make them tangible.
And last but not least, take a deep breath. You’ve got this!