I found this little cutie on Pinterest the other day and it made me stop to think. I haven’t been writing much lately…I need to stop doing this to myself. I started writing this amazing novel, or what is going to be an amazing novel, and I got caught up in the details and stopped writing. Of course, there are some details that I need to hash out before I can continue writing, but it’s like I gave up because of all the research I needed to do for it. It wasn’t like the novels before where I just kept writing.
For the first time I wanted to figure things out before I got through the book the first time. Not the story, but the little details that may actually matter in this one novel. I keep starting new novels and never finishing them. To be honest, I have only written one full novel. What happened to me? I let life get in the way.
The second novel I started writing was a sequel to the first. I have been away from the story for so long I don’t know what I am going to do, I don’t remember half of what really happened because my mind is a jumbled mess of ideas I had for the story.
So yeah, it does get harder to write the longer you are away. There are plot twist you forget about. You forget all the great ideas you had for the story. You loss passion for the story you were working on. You keep coming back and thinking “maybe I should just scrap it.” but you have so many emotions and attachments regarding this book. You just don’t know when to put it away for good.
I think I am going to sit down and figure out what I want to do with my stories in the making. Maybe I will take Stephen Kings advice:
“I believe the first draft of a book — even a long one — should take no more than three months…Any longer and — for me, at least — the story begins to take on an odd foreign feel, like a dispatch from the Romanian Department of Public Affairs, or something broadcast on high-band shortwave during a period of severe sunspot activity.”
Thank you Mr. King for always providing the inspiration that I need.
I think that I will take a look back at all the novels I have in the works. I want to give myself an allotted time to finish each one. The latest one I will give 3 months, since I just started it.
I think I need to schedule my life a little better. I should schedule everything, writing, reading, TV time. And I have until after my vacation to get this schedule figured out. I will be 30 next week…I don’t have time to “roll with it” or “go with the flow.” I need to figure my stuff out and do what I need to do.
I don’t want to wake up in another 30 years, regretting that I never published my books because I couldn’t finish them.