OK. I know. I’m not the best of bloggers. It’s been two years since I set this up and I have only made two contributions. I have the best of intentions, a gazillion things to write about, but I lack the discipline it must take to post regularly enough to transform this from a poorly populated archive to the real ‘putting it out there’ blog I had intended.
So here I am, back at the keyboard after a frustratingly unproductive stint of editing some of my multitudes of unfinished novels (my own form of procrastination), prepared to give it another go. I can’t make any promises, but I must say that having someone out there who might actually take the time to read this has inspired me to try that little bit harder.
First I need to update things. Now that I’ve learned the difference between a blurb and a synopsis I intend to give that section a makeover (hopefully soon).
My real problem is focus. I find it difficult to concentrate on one thing at a time. I call it the “Ooooohhhh! Shiny!” effect. This means I start something with enough enthusiasm to see it done twice over, and then become distracted by another idea or dream that just has to be penned down. This would all be fine if I could then return to the first writing project, but then 1000 words becomes 40,000 and soon something shiny comes along again and I move onto the next new story. Yes, this has left me with a whole lot of potentially self-publishable, half-finished manuscripts, I’ve got the quantity part down pat, but that’s as far as I get. Those that I have finished I edit, and re-edit, not knowing if I’m actually improving thing or just crabbing back and forth. The one section of the manuscript that I did give to a professional editor was returned with some great suggestions and encouraging comments, but all I could afford for her to do was to give me an overview. Having the spelling and grammar corrected would have broken the bank. This is where I learned what a synopsis is, as the editor provided me with a great one, but this was only the first 60k of words in a ~250k novel that is part of a 6 book fantasy series of which I have written 5.5 of the books
Time for a deep breath.
I think that’s enough of a rant for now. Hopefully it will not be my last for a while (fingers and toes crossed).
Doing some of the flash-fiction challenges various folk post now and again might help you limber up, and would definitely put some content in your blog, and most of them generally don’t take very long.
As for your unfinished manuscripts, we all have to learn the discipline of sticking to a project despite distractions– and I speak out of personal experience so deep it amounts to hypocrisy, since I’ve just been through a long spate of distraction and failure to stick-to-it. But you can do it– you just need to find what process works for you. Hang in there.