Wednesday, 14 November 2012

I'm giving up

I've found it difficult to get into my NaNo novel. To keep the word count up, I cheated by writing a short story an mc read in a magazine. Then I had someone tell a different character about a family legend, which was really just another short story. As I seem to be in short story mode, I'm going back to writing those for now. I still like my NaNo idea and will probably get back to it after I've done some research and planning.

Maybe I should have stuck to this? (Maybe I'll still try that competition)

Do you (if you're a writer) ever find you can't work on a particular story and instead move onto something else? Or maybe the same thing happens when reading?

If you have stuck to a novel and completed it, you might be interested in this competition.

Short story writers might prefer this one or this.

Something else I'm giving up is buying lots of new tulips every year.

Gary's going to be totally convinced by that statement - right up until the point he remembers I'm a fiction writer.

One last thing ... it's national short story week, which makes it the ideal time to download Not a Drop to Drink, if you haven't got it already. (It's still free.)

42 comments:

  1. If the short stories are working, stick to that!

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  2. Well, at least you're writing and you have lots of ideas. Good luck with everything. I bet you'll buy tulips when the days start to lengthen again. I know I will.

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    1. Beth, I'll keep writing - and tulips will magically appear!

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  3. I agree with Alex, go with what's working for you now. Sometimes it is best to move on to something new :)

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    1. I was quite happy with the two shorts, so that does seem to be what's working now.

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  4. I agree - go with what's flowing well. There's nothing more dispiriting in writing than plugging away with something that is becoming a drudge.

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  5. I agree with everyone else! Best to move on and come back to it when the time is right. Thanks for the freebie!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. I do think I will come back to it.

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  6. I get phases when I can only work efficiently and fluidly on longer length writing, but at other times it's too much of a struggle and I move to shorter stories.
    When you're ready to go back to the novel you'll know, and likely find yourself buzzing with ideas and areas of development.

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    1. I hope that's exactly what happens, Carol.

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    1. I did, Frances. And I have something to work on when I come back to it.

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  8. You're doing the right thing, Patsy. Am I the only one who thinks that NaNo is a rather silly idea?

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    1. It's a totally mad idea - but it does sometimes work well for some people.

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  9. I think it's really funny that you cheated in Nano, Patsy! :]

    Well, I'm sure you won't let those stories go to waste anyway.

    marion

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    1. I did have to shake my head and ask myself what on earth I was doing, Marion.

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  10. Hi Patsy - no point in struggling if other creative works are popping out - good for you in producing some new stories ..

    Cheers Hilary

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    1. I like to think of it as changing direction as much as giving up, Hilary.

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  11. You gave it a try and decided it wasn't for you at this time. The moving on from one to another piece of writing is displacement therapy. I sometimes even clean the kitchen if I reach a stumbling block with my writing. Anyway, don't beat yourself up about the Nano challengeas you are a very productive and successful author.

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    1. Things are never so bad that I clean the kitchen instead of writing, L!

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  12. I`ve been trying to get the grey cells to formulate some kind of story for months! Nothing doing! I feel as though I have lost all inspiration. Used to turn out short funnies each day? Feel like I`ve lost the notion.

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    1. That's a shame, Cheyenne. I wonder if it would help to try writing something completely different.

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  13. I think all of us have great ideas, but they're not necessarily ready to write when we want them to be. Some require longer "stewing" time than others. Don't worry -- your ideas will all come in time and meanwhile, any writing is progress! :-)

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    1. I like 'stewing time' Lexa. It does feel like that sometimes.

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  14. Sometimes when I can't write I will think of a new project. I have written some shorts and gotten ideas..they are in my "universe". The las book I had trouble writing I wrote the beginning then wrote the ending and the middle just kind of appeared :0)

    My first in my series has "stories" within stories....it was an earlier work that I just couldn't get to work, but I fit most of it into my Athine Verses: The Beginning ;)

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    1. Writing short stories in the same universe as the novel sounds a good plan, Shannon. I may give that a go.

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  15. You've definitely done the right thing Patsy. I did NaNo last year and wrote 50K words of a new novel - which I haven't touched since. I wish I'd worked on short stories instead. Perhaps one day I'll go back and finish the novel I started, but so far I haven't had the urge which usually means something wasn't right. And if other stories clamour for attention then it's great to work on something you feel enthusiastic about.
    Glad to see your short stories still available - I've just downloaded these.

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    1. Thanks for downloading the collection, Tracy. Hope you like the stories.

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  16. Hi Patsy,

    Did you know is perfectly acceptable to write lots of short stories for NaNoWriMo? As long as they add up to 50k by the end of the month...

    Just a thought, as two of my writing buddies are doing this, one is calling her novel 'Cars'and each story revolves around a different type of car, and the person who drives it, or doesn't...she is having great fun writing 2k stories.

    The other is doing 'Family' a book revolving around a photograph album found after a funeral, with a narrator telling the family a new story about each family member in the album.

    Maybe you could link all your stories together?

    But if not...I congratulate you on having a go at the challenge of NaNoWriMo, because it ain't easy. I've done two, but this year decided I'm unable to give it what it really requires, to get it done.

    Any writing is progress as Lexa Cain said in her comment...

    Best wishes





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    1. I do like the idea of linked short stories, Maria. It wouldn't suit my failed Nano project ... or would it? Will think about that or maybe try it for something else.

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  17. I have this problem all the time Patsy...I think I just get bored lol

    My Nano novel this year was finished at 18,500 words so I've continued on with short stories. They still count as your word count :)

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    1. I might just add on my short story word count, Vikki to see how I get on.

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  18. Hey Patsy - me too! I was trying to write a 1500 word adult fairy story, and it ended up as a Christmas ghost story. At least I wrote something!

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    1. Writing something is what matters I think, Lizy. That it's not what we intended to work on is less important.

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  19. If something isn't going right we shouldn't pressure ourselves into completing it. Or is that defeatist? No, I think it's just a waste of time. As long as we are writing something that interests us, then that's the direction we should go.

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    1. I don't think it's defeatist, Maggie. As you say, forcing ourselves to write something we know isn't working is a waste of time. Besides, I might complete it later.

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  20. No one can say you didn't try - and if the short stories are calling, you have to answer :-) I'm a flitter - I have three different stories open on my computer right now which I've been working on and now I find myself in Blogland - oops :-) x

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    1. Flitting and getting distracted are things we have in common, Teresa!

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  21. I have an idea for a novel that I love, but haven't even started because I feel I need to learn more before I start it. In the meantime, I'm revising. Which also needs to be done.
    As long as something is getting done, it's good for now. :)

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    1. Absolutely, Rachel. Revising is as important as bashing out something new - possibly more important.

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