That little task of actually writing

So I’ve actually been writing lately.  Who would have that that would actually happen?  I decided to start playing with an idea of a short story I thought of recently.  For my bigger projects I can’t decide whether I need to do research first or if I can start writing and fill in the history parts on further drafts and editing.  I guess there is only one way to find out right?  But my current work is well underway and I’m quite happy that I’ve got over 2000 words, a beginning and an ending I’m not disgusted with.  Now all I have to do is finish it and even though that’s been the downfall of everything I’ve ever worked on I don’t think I’ve quite made it this far before.  

In the past I looked up how many words a novel would be and I can’t remember the source but it was around 50,000 to 75,000 words.  I did a rough estimate about how many words appear on a page and determined the length of the book with that word count in pages and it fit to what most novels are so I accepted that ideas as how long a book should be.  I had a bit of added evidence when I first discovered what NaNoWriMo was and their 50,000 word count goal.  I was never really into the idea of short stories until recently where I thought it would give a good stepping off point to build my confidence in my writing.  I looked up the word count for that and it appears I’m getting close to the comfortable middle mark of it.  All I need to do now is fill in the middle with some details and I’m -air quotes-done-air quotes-.  Easy right?

Now I’ve wondered what would be the best course of action with this short.  Would it be to just go ahead and post it here.  Maybe I should look for a contest and see how well it would be received in that realm.  Or perhaps I need to edit it a few more times to make sure its absolutely perfect before doing anything with it.  There are so many options and I haven’t even finished it and these things tend to creep in my head even before I start something.  I need to get a grip or I’ll never finish anything.

I don’t see anything wrong with a little bit of looking ahead but I tend to take it overboard and let my mind run wild with possibilities.  I like that about myself to an extent but I also need to not let myself become so distracted that I stop what got me to this point.  It feels like I become bored with the idea while I’m fantasizing but its not exactly boredom its just a loss of that excitement.  Once I get back into my writing and develop a flow all of the good vibes come rushing back.  I need to remember that the next time I get that feeling of dread and boredom.

So I’ve been wondering after I finish this short story what do I do next.  Another one?  Maybe start a bit on my first foray into novel writing.  There are so many possibilities that I can’t just sit there and wait for one of them to tell me to pick it.  I need to grab it and say, “You’re coming with me dammit!”  I’m going to actually do this and I’m going to stop letting my weakness win.

 

 

My advice is not to wait to be struck by an idea. If you’re a writer, you sit down and damn well decide to have an idea. That’s the way to get an idea.

 

-Andy Rooney

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