It's funny how themes seems to surface amongst many of my writer friends at the same time.
Whether it's being inundated with too many ideas all at the same time (I know I'm not alone in feeling this, as evidenced by fellow writers Aaron Polson and Barry Napier's recent blog posts) or letting go of various things that block our writing, it just shows you how, even though we're on our own different paths, we seem to go through many of the same trials tribulations and experiences.
So the theme lately seems to be letting go — from Jenny, who is letting go of expectation in favor of motivation, or Nicole, who is allowing her Muse to come through (even if it scares her) by letting go of a too-rigid mindset in order to tell a story unique to her.
Lately my own adventures in letting go seemed to be focused on putting aside stories that do not seem to be working. One of the comments on Nicole's post about being stuck on a story stemming not from writer's block but more about wanting to make the story work, even if it was flawed, really hit home to me.
If you've been reading my blog for the last little while you'll see that I keep adding more #WIPs to the pile rather then finishing them.
It's hard to let go, especially when you've spent so much time on a story already, but I find that you can chip away at a story for so long, but eventually it comes to the point where you know whether the story is working or not. Often letting go is the best thing you can do. Maybe I'll be able to put the finishing touches on all those stories that are half-finished some day. But for now, I'm letting go of the ones that are stalled and going where my creativity is taking me instead of forcing myself to finish them simply for completion's sake.
I don't look at it as giving up or failing. It's not like I've put the tales completely out of their misery by trunking them. After all, my unfinished story trunk is a virtual one and it can always be opened again when the mood strikes me.
Maybe those ideas just need to percolate a little while longer…
My Current WIPS
- the tweet-inspired tale is almost finished! Hoping to send it off to critique peeps next week
- also hoping to brainstorm on that idea that started whispering to me last week
- will be going through my current list of "stalled" WIPS and seeing which ones I can salvage
Fellow WIP Wednesday posse:
- Aaron Polson – WIP Wednesday: Oh Revisions, Where Art Thou?
If you’re a writer participating in WIP Wednesday, post a link to your blog in the comments! More info on the WIP Wednesday initiative can be found at Kate Karyus Quinn's blog.
Fellow members of The Creative Alliance:
- Nicole Ireland: And The Flood Gates Have Opened
- Patrick Pillars: Novel-Tone News
- Jenny Hudock: Crossing The Streams: Writing Real Life
- David Sobkowiak: Time, See What's Become Of Me
- EG Talbot: How's That Time Thing Workin' Out For Ya?