September 7th, 2011
There are many rules, tips and words of suggestion for writing. However, the one I’ve found to be crucial for me is, finishing what I start.
How many times have you started a project only to wander away from it?
Never? Really? WOW! You’re my hero, hehe!
I wish I could say the same. However, I was looking through my WiP files and noticed *ahem* I have a lot of unfinished business!
Currently I have draft’s for two short stories, MINER MISTAKE and SLEEPING BEAU. But the stories aren’t finished, they still need to feel the red wrath of my editor’s pen. I started on them, but I haven’t ripped through that finish-line tape yet.
I’ve been on pause with my YA SciFi short, SCARLET CITY. I have to write the bridge between “the scene at the tree with her mentor” and “the moment of truth – will she or won’t she destroy everything she’s ever known.” There are some delicate threads wafting in the breeze and I need to carefully weave them in – in other words, it means I know what I wanna say but I have to figure out how to say it the best way possible Started, but not finished.
I have a story that started off as a short piece but now, it has expanded beyond my 5k word limit into a novel ambition. I have no title, so I label the document by my MC’s name. Jule. She belongs to the high fantasy world I’m building where it’s not unheard of ride a beam of light to a particular destination. This story requires major development. I have three chapters started, but the draft remains unfinished.
And, amongst many others too numerous to list, there’s CHOMP, my 50k+ 2010 NaNoWriMo efforts — a completed draft then, but according to my 2011 standards, a beginning with no middle or end. This one lurks on my thumbdrive, started, but not finished.
Are you seeing a pattern here? Hehe! I have the writing part down, but what good is that if my stories never reach a conclusion, or *gasp!* an audience!
So the write tip I have today is mostly for myself, hehe!
> It’s important to finish what we start. <
It’s important to see a project through from beginning to end, to experience that sense of accomplishment, to be brave and share it with others and to move on to the next story and to do it all over again.
I accomplished this once before, with SANCTUARY, starting, finishing and finding a home for that gem of a YA vampire short story in Wyvern Publications, Fangtales Anthology.
And I want to do that again with one of my current WiP’s.
Now, the real dilemma? Which one do I target for completion? hehe!
[ Special thanks to my beta reader, for sharing the following link to sci-fi writer, Robert A. Heinlein's 5 rules for writing ^_^ ]