Happy Friday, SErs! Harmony here 🙂
Today is a Friday Writing Question day.
Last year proved a tough year for me all around both personally and in my writing and creative life. I guess, looking back, the two went hand-in-hand. While I published a collection of short stories and poems early in the year, I didn’t actually produce anything new. Or so I told myself. All the stories and poems, I had created the year previous (and some earlier than that). I just put them together in one book. Likewise with my book of zen musings this January–most of those originally saw life as Monday Musings on my blog. I only added four to the end to round it up to 52 for the weeks in the year, as well as the intro and author’s note, and–of course–magicked it into book form. So, all in all, I felt quite down about my writing life … like I needed air.
However, at the start of this difficult time, I had little in my writing file that I hadn’t seen through to publication. All of a sudden, those ‘unpublished’ and ‘part written’ folders filled right up. This had never happened to me before. What I started, I finished.
Only now, when looking at my writing question, have I realised how productive that time was for me. It’s just taken a while to see it that way. I did write, quite a bit, but a lot then fizzled out, much like my energy levels kept on doing, lols. Again, an obvious correlation. The thing is, I kept trying. And it’s all good fodder for the future. I’m sure that some of those will either see completion or provide great ideas for something entirely new. And, I also realise that I had led a blessed writing life up until then. All of us will encounter writer’s block or some such at some point.
So, with that in mind, I wanted to ask you all …
How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have? And … How do you feel about that?
Okay, so I cheated … that’s really two questions. Hopefully, you’ll bear with me!
What I’m seeing is that even when I think I haven’t produced much, in actual fact, I have. It all comes down to how I measure my success. At the end of the day, writing is like breathing for me. The publishing and finishing is something else.
And in March this year, I wrote Backstage in just 15 writing days (23 calendar days). So, it would seem that during my ‘down’ time, something had been germinating and waiting for the right time. All those seemingly abortive efforts had kept the pot on the back-burner and stopped the water from going cold. So, when I felt ready to bring it to the boil, I didn’t have such a long way to go as I might have done.
Okay, so my tally is: 17 part written / 1 finished but not published (and I have its sequel part written!)
Share your answers in the comments below. I’d love to hear what you have to say and what experiences you’ve had as a writer.