Thursday, 4 April 2013

Oh The Power of Indecision

I know I promised to provide more reviews on sites where I've published, or attempted to publish short stories online, and I will. First, however, I'm going to discuss my problem with indecision.

I like to have more than one project on the go at a time. When inspiration isn't there for one, it might be there for the other. There is, unfortunately, a downside to this approach: Indecision regarding which story to work on at any given time.

At the moment I have two writing goals. One is working ahead on the next few chapters of Dosterra (novel attempt number one, being published one chapter at a time), such that I can actually go back and rethink/edit chapters before publishing them, while keeping up a publishing schedule of one chapter every couple of weeks. The other is writing a short story for a contest on a site called On The Premises.

Generally speaking, Dosterra is the priority -- so I should work on that first...but the On The Premises contest does have a deadline (a real one, not a self-imposed one), and I would like to spend enough time on it that I not only finish the story, but actually feel it's worth submitting at all -- so I should work on that first...and so, days go by and I don't work on either one of them.

I blog instead; that counts as writing, doesn't it?

Today I actually did buckle down and work on Dosterra, thinking the whole time about how that other story is still in that annoying stage where I have an idea about how I want the story to feel and I've created some characters, but it doesn't have a clear enough shape in my mind to convince me that it will ever fully exist.

I'd love to tell myself that the more I write the less this dilemma will occur. But I know better than that.

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