Have you ever faced the unfortunate conundrum of having to stop plodding along on your current story because a new story idea comes by that seems so much better?
This happens to me all the time, and it’s not such a bad thing in and of itself. You can’t complain too much about having too many ideas! You will always be pumped to write something.
The difficulties arise when you start latching on to every new story idea that comes your way and immediately abandoning the one you were working on. I think this is why so many people don’t finish their novels, or other projects, for that matter. It is all too easy to pick up a new idea when the current one is feeling tricky.
Don’t give in to that urge! Unless you can tell that you are truly stuck on your current project, keep with it. Jot those juicy new ideas down in a notebook for later and finish! That! Novel! It may not be the easy thing to do, but your characters (and your future readers!) will thank you for it.
Beneath the surface
All these stories simmering
Aching to be told
One of my crafts on a whim during quarantine was creating a mini copy of my young adult book, One Hundred Words. So of course I had to do a photo op!
As you can see from today’s haiku, my writer dead giveaway is finding near-constant ink on my fingers. Not usually like in the photo, but still. Somehow, even when I work on a project using mostly my laptop, I still manage to walk around with ink stains, and I’m proud of it.
Do you have a writer dead giveaway? A laptop where the letters on the keys are worn off? A desk chair with your imprint in the cushion?
I’ve learned through experience that you can’t be a writer if you don’t write, and write regularly. I think the most important thing you can do for your writing is to create a routine. I haven’t been able to keep up a long-term consistent routine since working on One Hundred Words. This month, I’ve done more thinking about writing than writing itself. Routines are easy to plan, but hard to maintain, so I’m still trying to learn how to do that, even after years. But if I find ink on my fingers today, and then tomorrow, and then the next day, I’ll know I’m heading in the right direction.
Ink on my fingers
Tells the story of late hours
Worlds that stay with me