In the last few weeks I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by other creatives. At some point each of them have asked me the same question. Why have I not focused on my creative writing? And the excuses are always the same, too much academic work, writer’s block, lack of confidence and good ideas. And then two evenings ago at 2am I had this itch to write, found a dialogue prompt and free-wrote a scene. By the end of the scene I just put down my laptop and fell asleep. In the morning I decided I’d read it and decide whether or not it was a solid idea for a story. I ended up, developing a brief outline by playing “what if”.

But then I pulled out the numerous notebooks i had stashed away filled with story ideas and rough outlines, chapters, character spreads, world building (favourite part), maps and sketches. I started reading all the documents saved on my Google Drive and realised I suck at finishing things. There are so many stories I have began writing and then abandoned three or four chapters in. Why? I don’t know! They’re not that bad… Each story has potential, it just needs a little love and attention.

Finish what you start!

I want to develop a habit of finish things. I want to reach that moment of completing a novel, regardless of whether or not someone else is going to read it. I want to write for myself and I want to complete my project for own gratification. In moments like these, when I scramble to make things in order I turn to lists.

 

Ongoing Novel Projects (excuse all the randomness regarding the titles):

La Sirena – Contemporary novella
Midnight – Urban Fantasy (2014 Nanowrimo Project)
Bionic – Science Fiction
The girl with the Lavender hair – Urban Fantasy (an outline)
Passing Through Dorkville – Contemporary (two different versions)
Azreal and the Fairy Snatchers – Children’s Fantasy
Bane – Urban Fantasy (vampire novel I wrote when I was 15)
Dust and Dawn – Fantasy (2015 Nanowrimo Project)
Sin – Fantasy Sinbad retelling

Short Stories:

Into the Night – Urban Fantasy (completed)
Turning Pointe – Contemporary (completed)
Frozen in Time – Magic Realism (Incomplete)
Promised – Fantasy (Incomplete)
Once Upon A Moon (Completed)

 

ROW80

That is a lot of writing over the years and there are some project I won’t ever finish because my interests have changed. So here’s what I plan on doing.

I know it is more than halfway in but I’m jumping right into ROW80. I need the motivation so badly. I want to finish a first draft for one of my novels and three short stories by the end of the year. That seems reasonable right, especially with Nanowrimo coming up in a couple of months.

Do you guys write? And if so, what are your tips regarding finishing what you started?

Why aren’t you writing?

4 thoughts on “Why aren’t you writing?

  • August 18, 2016 at 4:31 pm
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    I love that you wrote a vampire novel! The vampire novel that I wrote remains one of my favourites (can I really say that when the other things I wrote were two very short, very plot-holey fantasy novels?).
    I think all writers should be surrounded by other creatives. Personally I’ve never felt happier than when I know the people around me support my writing (something that doesn’t happen very often).

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  • August 18, 2016 at 4:54 pm
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    I’ve just recently really started to get back into my writing, and I’m hoping, motivation or not, I can keep it up. I too have a lot of problems finishing things, but at the moment, I’m having a lot more problems developing my initial ideas into anything. I’ve actually started a blog just for writing, so I have a way to be loyal to myself by the means of writing and posting.

    Thank you for posting this by the way, as well as sharing ROW80 (something I’ve never heard of) it sounds amazing!

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    • August 21, 2016 at 1:41 pm
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      ROW80 is really fun and has proven to help motivate me when it comes to my writing. Hope you will join too. It might be the perfect motivation for you to start writing again! 🙂

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  • August 19, 2016 at 1:59 pm
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    Good luck on finishing what you want.

    I have several different projects going at the same time. It seems to be the way I work best. My mind tends to jump around, and trying to force it to focus on one project until it’s done just makes it worse.

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