Weighed Down

Do you ever feel weighed down by your current WIP (or series)?

I’m a creative person. My brain is always ticking. I usually get three or four ideas a day for stories, characters, settings, plots (etc). However, because I’m in the middle of a (stalled) WIP series, I feel I can’t act on anything new. I have a six-book series in my head I’m dying to write, an idea for a book(s) I’m keen to flesh out, and now a new idea has crept in that needs exploring. But I feel if I do, I’m going to give up any chance of finishing my current WIP (which I’m no longer writing because I’m stalled)…

Insert vicious cycle image and hopeless desperation GIF here.

Have you ever had this happen? How do you deal?

15 thoughts on “Weighed Down

  1. Funny you should ask. Today I realized why I never finished the rewrite of one of my old novels in progress. It’s a mess! I got so excited the other week when I blogged about it that I immediately pulled it up and began editing. But eek, what a disaster! Today I officially gave up. 😢

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  2. I stumbled upon a comment thread last night where authors were talking about their first book and how many YEARS it took and how subsequent books came a lot faster. Maybe that’s what you’re experiencing.

    I thought I had made significant progress on my WIP this year, since I completely rewrote it, but now I’m thinking it needs a LOT more work. I deal with it because I think worthwhile accomplishments are often difficult.

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    1. Maybe that’s what it is. I’m a bit of an ‘instant gratification’ girl, so maybe it’s because I’m not getting feedback from readers saying ‘I envy your books’, that’s making me procrastinate. Or maybe it all comes down to a fear of publishing? Ugh. This writing thing is too hard.

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  3. Yep, been there, done that. I almost always stick with the current project no matter how stalled. In most cases I have a deadline to meet, so I don’t have a choice. But I like Craig’s idea of writing a sample chapter or scene of the story that’s calling you. Once the creative muse takes wing on that one, you’ll probably find the same creativity leading you back to the stalled project.

    Wishing you luck!

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  4. I’m single minded with things like this. Once I begin writing, that’s all I think about. When other ideas come into my mind and they often do, I may jot something down about it but often I forget an idea because I am focused on my original goal.

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