Leafing through critique notes from one of my stories written a few years ago, I found a curious comment from a fellow aspiring writer:
|“Your curse is that you have too many good ideas.”
Suffice it to say, I disagreed with that claim without a second’s thought, but I still thanked him for his critiquing efforts for the benefit of my story.
Fast forward to the early part of 2019. I have a short story and a novel that are on the verge of being completed. I also have over a dozen other stories, in varying degrees of completedness and/or disarray, waiting for more attention from me. I learned to put more effort and commitment and passion into my writing exploits, so all was proceeding well. Then, out of nowhere, I came up with a sports story idea I’ve not attempted before. I’ve never considered myself particularly strong at writing sports sequences, so I saw this story as a challenge I very much wanted to take.
So, of course, I did.
Now, at this point in time, I have two short stories and a novel that are on the verge of being completed, and still have those other dozen or so stories waiting for my attention.
That’s when I saw what that critiquer was hinting at. Too many good ideas lead to starting too many new stories.
Which, in my case, leads to having my fascination too occupied to finish much of anything. How can I share my stories if I don’t finish them and make them available?
So, because of that, I intentionally skipped last November’s NaNoWriMo and this past April’s Camp NaNoWriMo to concentrate on closing out some of my works in progress.
And I succeeded. I only fully completed one, but I still count that as a success.
While I was working on finishing out one of the stories, I came up with an idea for an entirely new story.
To the surprise of absolutely nobody who knows me.
Yet, instead of getting on my own case about stepping outside of my own game plan, I saw where this new story could fit within my overall plan.
In a very prominent place, to be exact.
So, I’m going to treat this new story idea as a prominent piece in my game plan deserves. I’m going to start the first draft at the beginning of July.
Oh, wow! I just remembered! Camp NaNoWriMo session starts in July! Maybe, I’ll make this new story my Camp NaNoWriMo entry!
It’s as if I planned this all along.