I have a condition.
Many writers may know this condition quite well. It has been the cause of much frustration in my life, but it can also be a motivation. It’s not writer’s block, specifically, but it may be related.
What I suffer from is not finishing projects that I start. Only about one tenth or less of the novels and stories that I start writing do I actually finish. I don’t understand why I am this way and it frustrates the heck out of me because I look through my computer and I see all of these unfinished novels and only a handful of finished ones.
What sucks the most is that I get so excited for a new novel I want to write, but by the time I get half-way through I usually come up with a new idea that I want to write on. By this time I usually know how the first novel is going to end, so plot holes and such are not a problem. I just lose my inspiration for that particular project as it is overshadowed by that of something new and ‘better’ as I always feel.
Right now, this is the case for both Black Ice and What If It All Means Something. I really want to continue writing…but I am dying on the inside because I have a new take on one of my first novels that I would love to get started on right away. I tried writing some Black Ice today, but I only got a few pages and my mind was on this other project the WHOLE time and I felt completely disconnected from Black Ice.
However, this ‘new’ project is more a re-imagining of one of my first novels. I actually finished this novel…and wrote two more drafts. With this is mind, there is a lot I could borrow from the third draft of this novel so I feel like finishing this one would not be bad at all. I could probably do the whole project in a month or two. With that in mind, I wouldn’t feel so bad abandoning my current projects for a while.
Besides, sometimes it’s nice to get a break from writing the same thing. I can start work on this other project and come back to Black Ice in a few weeks feeling reinvigorated and with a new perspective. It might even be better for Black Ice in the end – provided that I actually do return to writing it. I really don’t want Black Ice to join the dozens and dozens of unfinished novels on my computer…that would just be sad. I have such high hopes for Black Ice. Already, though, I have even higher hopes for this new project.
Does anyone else have this problem? You start writing one thing…then a new idea hits you and you abandon Novel #1…then maybe a new idea strikes again and you abandon Novel #2 and so on. Maybe by the time you get to Novel #7, you actually finish it, but you have six more unfinished novels before it… I guess that’s what being a writer is all about.
So why does it have to frustrate the hell out of me?
Thanks for reading!
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