So here I sit with the fragments of four great ideas and as a result four unfinished projects. At this point, I see them taunting me.
“Come on. Finish me. I dare ya.”
Honestly, one only needs a rewrite. Only needs a rewrite. Like that is something I want to do. Coming up with the idea was one thing. Actually having to get down and dirty for the rewrite is a whole other matter.
Another project has morphed into a mess. I allowed the pantser in me to bash the plotter over the head. And of course, I now have two fairly good ideas. Only, I started with one and I don’t have the energy to sort it out.
Does my pondering sound familiar?
Likely, it does if you are the type of writer who has a pretty good knack at creating fragments of great ideas but a fairly rotten track record for getting anything done. As Ali Luke, writer and coach, asked a few years ago, “Do you have a bunch of first chapters tucked away in a drawer – for seven different novels?” [footnote]1[/footnote]
And so it goes. The Muse Dilemma, or How I Managed to Let a Bunch of Good Ideas Become a Pile of ****.
Luke offers up some good ideas. Namely, finish something. He suggests taking that small, short story and giving it a crack. You’ll feel better and likely it won’t take too long. Maybe a day or two.
Which reminds me: Derek Haines on his blog, Just Publishing Advice, [footnote]2[/footnote] did a little word count of the Top 20 Bestsellers in the Kindle format. He found that the majority of these books were around 20,000 words. Not the 100,000 of a typical novel, but 20,000 words of a typical novella. I got to thinking that if I wrote 1,000 words a day, I could have a Kindle bestseller in 20 days. A book each month without trying.
Back to finishing what I started. Taking the advice of Mr. Haines and combining his advice with Mr. Luke’s and likely I could actually finish one project and then move on to the next. Now to start on that 1,000 words.
- How to Finish What You Start: A Five-Step Plan for Writers
- Why Do Short Ebooks Sell So Well?
- “Broken Pencil” Courtesy of Pixabay
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