I’ve always been a strong starter. I’m really good at starting things. Organizational projects, sewing projects, scrapbooks, the school year, even books… I don’t know why, but I love the start.
Then I inevitably hit the slump. And everything comes to a screeching halt. And I seem to just… stall… trying to figure out how to get things back on course.
I’m not saying I never finish anything. I believe in finishing what I start. It’s just a lot harder for me than starting, which makes it really tempting to constantly start, start, start! neverminding how many unfinished items are sitting around feeling neglected. It might take me an inordinately long time, but I will finish.
This is somewhat frustrating for me; I mean, I get frustrated with myself for being this way. And in no area of my life is it as frustrating as in my writing. These last few months, I seem to be dealing with writer’s block more intensely than I have in the past. And I’ve tried many different things in an attempt to cure it, but nothing seems to work lately.
I have a character from one of my previous novels banging on the back door of my brain, begging me to start her story. But I currently have three active WIPs, plus my ongoing Riley Connor series. How many pieces should I have going at one time?? Every time I sit down to one of my current WIPs, I do get something written, but I just can’t seem to get into that writing “groove” that I always have with my past novels. I mean, at this time last year, Lily’s Story was plowing along, and I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with the thought flow. It’s not the characters; I know them well and enjoy their company. With two of them, I think I’m at a point where I’m not sure where the story goes next. With the third, I know what happens next, but I’m unsure of how to get there.
That would make the whole issue much easier to deal with.
And maybe I’ll just answer that knock on the back door of my brain.