My New Year’s resolution for 2014 will have to be to finish some of the writing projects I started in 2013. That probably sounds like something easy, but I have a problem committing to a story from beginning to, uh, you know, the bit that comes after … the bit after the middle …
I think they call it “the end” – but since I haven’t seen one in a while the word may have changed.
For years I have had a huge problem finishing my first drafts, which for a writer is a fatal flaw. In an earlier blog I’ve called this problem “edititis” because it feel like a disease. It’s a form of writer’s block. I never have a problem coming up with new ideas for stories – so I always have something to write – but finishing those stories is my greatest problem.
To give you an idea of the scale of my problem, in 2013 I started writing over twenty new stories that I have not finished in first draft. These stories range in length from a few thousand words to over 25,000 words, which means, conservatively, I have written 20×10000 words – 200,000 words – without completing anything. 200,000 words is the length of three average-length novels. That figure does not include the hundred or so stories I started writing before 2013 that remain incomplete.
That’s a lot of unfinished manuscripts. Too many.
So, for 2014, I will have to knuckle down and finish the stories started in 2013. That’s my resolution – finish, finish, finish!