I was just about to post an update about one of my stories.
I was going to say something about how this story was taking much longer than it should because of how I’ve been bouncing around from this story to other stories then back to this story.
I was going to reveal that I’ve recently decided to focus almost exclusively on this story, ensuring it is ready for at least the critique phase before I touch another.
But, then I realized it would be a much better pursuit if I examined why exactly I’m tightening the focus on my writing efforts.
It’s a simple reason. I’m not getting anything out to market. Can’t entertain people and make new fans (or keep my current fans entertained, for that matter!) if I don’t release any new material.
To put it simply and bluntly, my level of output sucks.
I can keep blaming the unfortunate incidences that have been plaguing me the last few years, but the fact is that my tendency to bounce around from project to project has been going on much longer than that.
My case of attention deficit disorder has been with me since the beginning.
But, I don’t want to keep using that as an excuse either.
I’d rather make fun of it.
Feel free to take offense to my approach if you wish, but keep in mind that this graphic is me on some days. Laughing at myself frees me up to
laugh at others approach my condition (and its negative effects on what I want to accomplish) with a more positive attitude…
…which has led me to discover that demanding myself that I focus on one story at a time just might be my solution to becoming a more prolific writer.
Might. And, if this tactic isn’t successful (to the point where my list of ‘works in progress’ is longer than most of my novels), I will regroup and come up with a different plan of attack. This is one battle I will fight forever.