Saturday, August 31, 2013

The Question


When I sit down to write a project, I know a few things beforehand. I know this will be a serious time commitment. I know I will be forced to read and re-read the same parts to find flaws. I know that if I don't have fun, I will hate writing. Each time I start a project, I ask one question partway through. Am I having as much fun finishing at 5,000 words as I had before starting?

This is an important question to ask, and is the reason why I have currently dumped my latest manuscript of the past few weeks. I was not having fun. Trust me, I know not every day is going to be an exciting adventure full of creativity, but there comes a point when you have to realize that this idea isn't working.

The problem with this manuscript wasn't the quality, it was the momentum. I imagine that I will return to it in November for NaNoWriMo to try another pass at it. I've mentioned it before, but not in great detail, that writing constantly runs the problem of sucking away inspiration. If the momentum is gone, the inspiration that helps propel the story forward goes with it. Some days require beating your head against the wall for 2,000 words to pull it out. I get it. When that lasts for a long period of time, maybe the the correct thing to do is look at the artist, not the work. Is this right for me?

On the other hand, the issue of starting and stopping on a bunch of manuscripts will leave a graveyard of partially written ideas. That is a serious problem. It is a balancing act of objectively evaluating the work and finishing it. In August I started two projects at the same time. I quit one and happily continuing the other. One worked, the other didn't; even though I am writing them in a similar style. I didn't lose time by dropping one, I simply knew it required more time to cook until I have something I am happy with.

As I start up my next project to begin the first of September, tomorrow, I'll take a step back again to ask the same question. Am I having fun?