I am seriously beginning to think that I need to go into the folder with all of my works in progress and just start cleaning house. Some of them haven’t been touched in about 6 months while others have remained active but don’t seem as if they want to end.
Add to that the beginnings of yet another story idea that keeps rearing its head and you have one very bewildered writer. Admittedly, I have found myself with chunks of time where I could write within the past few days but simply don’t know which story to pick back up. This actually brings up a very interesting downfall of having too many ideas: If you let a story set for too long, when you pick it back up you have to reacquaint yourself with the plot and the characters. Those of you that have been in this spot know very well that this can be as time consuming as the actual writing.
The one bit of positive to come out of these last few days was a poem that was written almost on a whim. It’s very short (13 lines) but I have spent hours reading over it, making sure each word belongs there. I believe it may be the best, most personal and non-horror poem I have ever written and thus, I am sure there is something wrong with it.
I also got a rewrite request for a story that is in terrible need of a new ending…one which I am not sure that I can write before the July 31st deadline. That, with work deadlines and meandering stories filling my writing files, has me tired, flustered and quite frankly, in a writing funk.
Anyone else evert get that? And if so, what do you do to get out?