I don’t have problems. It’s all in my head.

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What’s the biggest problem you have in your writing right now?

I have two problems to choose from, both of them have been with me for some time and whatever I do, I cannot seem to get on top of either.

The problem that’s bothering me the most is that I keep getting ideas. Now you might not think that would be a problem for a writer. After all, ideas are what keeps us going. But it’s not as simple as that.

The problem comes when you can’t get to finish any of them.

I currently have twelve half-finished novels, as well as a few ideas for short stories and I’m gripped by a sort of paralysis. Mainly because I can’t seem to settle to writing any one of them for long enough to make meaningful progress.

I can only write a few words on one when I lose focus and the flow stops. All because I’ll suddenly get an idea for one of the others. This means that I find myself swapping over, to put it down before it’s lost.

It’s just an unfortunate side-effect of the way I work. As I’ve told you before, I see the story in my head, narrated in the form of a film showing on a screen somewhere in my mind’s eye, superimposed over whatever else I can see. What I might not have mentioned is that there’s not just one film showing at any time. In reality, it’s more like a multiplex without walls.

There’s a cacophony of competing voices and images in my head. Each one is a story. Old ones, new ones, the ones on my list and a selection of new ideas. It might be Sci-fi, Steampunk or any one of the other genres that I write. I can only really hear the loudest and that’s what I write. When any of them pauses, another takes over.

This means that half of the time, I’m never really sure which universe I’m in.

As a consequence, all of my projects are limping towards a conclusion when I’d rather just get on with one at a time and finish it. So that I can move on to the next, in some kind of logical sequence.

And what’s the second problem I mentioned at the start? That’s marketing, I won’t bore you with my woes in that subject, there’s enough material in that topic for a whole post.

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6 Responses

  1. P.J. MacLayne

    I can only work on one story at a time. I have stopped in the middle of one to work on another, but I don’t switch back and forth between the two. I can’t imagine trying to track twelve stories at once!

  2. Kazz

    I understand exactly what you mean. I had about fourteen books originally and I took them down a few years ago to rewrite. I am working my way through them, but I have to suppress new stories. So I feel your pain! Lol

    • Richard Dee

      I only had eight last January. I was hoping to get them finished this year. I’ve managed three but I’ve found new ones since then so the total has actually gone up.

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