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