As a writer, there are many times when I’ll be compromised by disruptions.
I’ll be working on a project, and, BAM!
New story idea, new way to adjust or improve the current project, a way to fix previous project. That’s the moment I want to scream, but don’t.
I’ll write down what the thought, idea, or whatever and get back to what I was working on.
It hasn’t always been this way.
It took me a while to ignore those things.
That pretty new thing sounds wonderful, but it will take you away from your current project and you’ll never finish a book!
I’m only 10k in on a new project and my brain has made multiple attempts on sacrificing the current project for another one.
It got to the point where I had to take a step back. Think about why my brain was doing that.
I came to the realization that there is a story I want to tell with another book, but I have pushed it away to focus on the current project. The other book is connected to the one I talked about here.
I’m trying to focus on writing something that is terrifying this year.
In other projects I didn’t do that until the second draft, but after discussing my writing with my wife(always my rock), she said I should go as dark and horrifying as possible. That’s something I’ve been afraid to do. Mostly out of fear of judgment. My wife told me, “Why care about what someone will say when they won’t read the actual book only the blurb?”
This changed my writing. I’m working on not only improving those things and the prose but shoveling those thoughts out with the trash.
I have a better grasp on my writing than I ever have before and avoiding shiny objects, not caring what people think and enjoying the whole process of writing, yes, even editing, is making me a better writer.
Anyway, have a good weekend and happy writing.