This will come as no surprise to anyone who reads my blog with any regularity, but I’ve now decided to officially scrap my WIP. For those who may not know, I haven’t worked on it since the first half of last year.
Now you might be wondering what makes today any different from any other day before now. It all comes down to a feeling. That’s really it. I’ve been thinking just a little about my writing lately and I’ve reached the conclusion that I can come up with a better story and write it. The thing is that no one even knew what the original story was about because I kept it under wraps except for maybe two other people. Neither of them on WordPress.
The next question I can see you twirling around your head is what I’ll be working on next. I honestly have no idea. I think I might be able to revisit something I briefly worked on in the past, but I don’t know. I’m certain I can come up with one story to write. Hopefully.
Have you ever experienced a long period of not writing? What’d you do once you came out of it? And please don’t call it writer’s block. If you want to write, then you will. If you don’t, then you won’t.
On this day in 2014 I published Blogging Isn’t Writing.
Photo Credit: Michelle Cooper
One of the things I’ve mentioned on here a few times is that I hate not finishing books once I’ve started reading them, but sometimes it just has to happen. I’m kind of talking about that practice today, but from the perspective of a writer. How does one know when to abandon a story that’s been in progress for months?
Those of you who talk to me on Twitter or on here in the comments know that I haven’t been writing at all lately. I’ve become the person who spends more time blogging about writing than actually writing. But I’m okay with that. The problem rests in the fact that I’m currently not writing because I don’t want to. It has nothing to do with writer’s block or not knowing where the story is going or anything at all besides me.
If you asked me right now what I think of the story I’ve written in my current WIP I would be completely honest with you and say that I think it’s leaps and bounds ahead of my first book. But for whatever reason, I just haven’t enjoyed writing it. I think the story’s premise is solid. I think what’s happening between my two main characters alongside the main story is solid. And I think the conflict I’ve introduced is something we can all recognize as not very far from reality in today’s world. With all that being said, the manuscript currently sits at roughly 30,000 words, the same point at which it’s been for something like five weeks now. If this was the first time I’d gone this long without writing, then okay, but it isn’t. I’ve done this like three times during the course of the eight months I’ve been “working” on it. That’s a long time not writing.
Now let me finally get to the point of the post. I’d like to know when you all would decide that it’s time for something new to work on. At which point in time would you abandon the story for something maybe you’re looking forward to actually writing? The thing with me is that I refuse to leave it behind for something else. Why? Because much the same as with reading a book, I know I won’t go back. I may not be actively writing, but it is still important to me that I finish this. If you knew the story, you’d know that.
Have you ever stopped working on a project before reaching its completion? If yes, why?
My Kickstarter project officially launched last night!
For those of you who may not be aware of what exactly Kickstarter does, here’s the very basic premise.
Project creators, like myself, start creative projects like writing a book and explain what it is they’re trying to accomplish. The creator sets a funding deadline and goal for the project and Kickstarter allows other people (known as backers) to help fund the project.
When creating the project the creators set different reward thresholds that can be met with certain pledge amounts. For example, on my project you can receive a copy of the paperback edition of the book, a bookmark made specifically for my book, and a personalized thank you from me for your contribution of $20. That’s just one of the thresholds I’ve set. Take a look at the project page here!
Divided Within Kickstarter Project Page
All the information related to the project itself is listed on the project page and you all could get some nice goodies for your generous donations!
Also, please note that should you decide to donate that you will not be charged unless the funding goal is met by the deadline. You’d then be charged at the deadline of the project!
Thank you all for still keeping up with my blog after nearly twenty posts about my book! There will also be a link on my About Me page for the duration of the project.