Wednesday, October 1, 2014

#IWSG for October: Writing Woes, Too Many Stories

Another month has passed and it's time for a new IWSG post. Once again so much has happened that it's all a blur, most of it personal stuff, not much writing related at all. (But I did LOVE and LEARN a lot at The Writers' Police Academy - can't wait to do it next year!)

Busy, busy, busy so the theme for this month's Insecure Writer's Support Group is WRITING WOES, TOO MANY STORIES.

I love to write but lately I find it hard to carve out dedicated time. Too much life going on while we are in the US. Seeing family and friends, catching up on movies we can't see in Ecuador, sorting through things in order to simplify life when we are living in the RV for 2-3 months, shopping for things to take back to Ecuador...I could go on and on.

But worse than that is knowing I need to work on book three in my Klondike Mystery series and SUDDENLY having a new series pop into my head. Oh no! I can't go there...but now I have a kick-ass heroine ready to have me write her story! I have her name, some of her back story and character quirks.

STOP! I can't think about her. I have too many things on my To Do list, like updating Home Again and Barely a Spark with the proof edits that came back recently. Like finishing a short story for submission to an anthology to benefit an author friend fighting cancer. Like BOOK THREE of the Klondike Mysteries!!

What do you do when you are already fighting the time battle, have your To Do list defined and a NEW CHARACTER starts bugging you to tell their story? :(

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  1. Oh, I hate it when a new story develops and I haven't finished writing/revising the one I'm working on. But hey, at least you always have a backup story to go to when you need a break from the one you're working on!

    So nice to meet you through the IWSG!

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    1. Thanks, Kristen. She is such a strong character but she'll have to wait her turn. LOL!

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  2. Be strong. Tell that new character she has to wait her turn.

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    1. I'm trying, honest, but making notes when thoughts come to me! LOL!

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  3. In November, 2013, I wrote 50K words for a new novel, then decided I wanted to stick with my original project and wrote the first draft of the next in the series. Then I dug up a short story I've been trying to get into shape for years. It's not that my attention span is short, just that the ideas are fighting for their day in the sun. Thank goodness I live in Honolulu where the sun shines often!

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    1. It's nice to hear others fighting the same battle. It might be easier if I were a full-time writer but being retired and a part-time writer, it does seem a battle I can't win at times.

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    1. I know...I hope I can keep her hanging around. ;)

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  5. Eeeek! So much to do AND a new character fighting her way to the top of the list (man she IS badass!), I get you have important things to do, I just do hope you're making notes though! Good luck and hugs!!! :D

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  6. That's a fun problem to have. I hope you can fit her in. I know that if I don't write things down when they're in my head, I sometimes lose them.

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    1. I know, I can feel her tugging on my sleeve and I keep writing things down.

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  7. Urgh. I'm in the same boat. Drowning in other stuff so writing is taking a backseat. Not a very writerly approach, I know. Let me know once you figure out how to kick this thing! =P

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    1. I think our solution is the month of November? LOL!

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I'm tired of talking to myself. Drop a note, please?