Wednesday, July 2, 2014
Insecure Writer’s Support Group: Post #4
I have no problem coming up with ideas and starting writing projects. My problem is finishing them. It's not I don't work on them. I put in some writing or editing time everyday (well, almost everyday). The stories are always expanding into larger projects. Last week I came up with an idea for a fairy tale retelling. The market wants stories in the 1500 to 2000 range. No problem, I thought. I can finish this off in a few days. At 1400 words, I knew I had a problem. I sent it off to a writing buddy for a second opinion. Yup, the story wasn't working, not enough context to support the action. I likely need 4 to 6k to tell a satisfying tale. Argh. So much for that market. I've lost count of the number of flash stories that tripled or quadrupled in size. Sometimes writing stories is like mowing a lawn that grows faster than you can mow.
Until next month, keep writing.