It was way back in January when I posted “Somebody Call An Ambulance“, expressing my eagerness in starting writing projects, but my lack of interest in finishing them. I start dozens of projects on an almost scheduled basis – sometimes multiple novels a month – and I only get around to actually finishing about one tenth of them.
To me, this is a frustration.
This is a ‘condition’ (hence the ambulance).
More than any of these things, it is an annoyance. Nothing more than a thorn-in-my-side, not-even-funny annoyance.
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But since I already ranted on this subject in the post I mentioned earlier, I thought I’d share with you one of my other writing grievances.
For any writers out there, you may already understand how frustrating it can be to not finish a particular novel. We may ask ourselves why and how this happens. For me, it’s usually because inspiration strikes me and I get inspired to write a new story which is instantly more exciting than the one that I was working on. To make a long explanation short (something I’m usually not very good at), when this happens, I find that I am so excited about the new story that I drop the old one and focus my efforts in writing the new one. Why do I feel so strongly about a thought in my head that it overpowers my desire to finish a novel that I’ve already written sometimes as much as 75,000 words in?
Well, the answer is quite simple.
Life can inspire us to write. And, when inspiration strikes, sometimes there is no hiding from it. Inspiration can be a powerful force.
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“Get inspired and write a book”
What exactly does that phrase mean? I guess it applies to those who are having trouble getting inspired to write a book, which means that it does not apply to me.
You see, my other writing condition is getting inspired too much.
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Is it even possible to be inspired too much?
Some people may mistake this for passion, but I am not so easily swayed. Let me explain.
Inspiration is not a bad thing. It’s actually an amazing, driving force that gives life to many ideas. I don’t sit around, thinking intensely hard to come up with an idea for a story. Ideas for stories just pop into my head at any given time…when I’m eating…driving…working…sitting in class…having a shower…watching a movie…listening to music…trying to focus on writing an essay…going to the washroom…
It just happens. I can’t control when inspiration strikes, and I can’t control my excitement for all of these ideas. And I’m actually glad that ideas can just pop into my head and I could start writing the beginnings of a new novel right then and there. I can’t sit around for days and plan my novel, because it gets too boring for me to write. I need to experience it as I’m writing it and, in the process of writing, I may find that certain aspects will change. To me, this is at the core of what inspiration is. Not a bad thing, really, is it?
But you see, my problem is that inspiration strikes far too often, and I end up with far too many story ideas.
Where all of these ideas are coming from…I have no idea. Am I grateful to my imagination? Of course I am. Do I also curse it? Yes. It can be a distraction.
There’s only one positive to all of this. I said I only complete about one tenth of the writing projects that I start. So, if I start writing ten novels and only finish one, to me that says something about that one novel that sets it apart from the others. There must have been something there if it made me want to push past all of this adversity from new ideas and finish it – which is why I don’t worry too much about unfinished projects because I know that 1) I have at least a few completed novels that must have something special about them and 2) I can always come back and reinvigorate my interest in any one of my dozens of incomplete projects (especially during the times when my imagination escapes me and I am left with nothing but an empty mind – those are always great days).
So, that’s my little rant of sorts on this subject. Can anyone relate?
What other writing ‘conditions’ do you feel you have? Are they hindrances or encouragements?
Do you have any writing grievances?
Thanks for reading!