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Too Many Irons in the Fire

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I’ve found it difficult to write, lately. I don’t know exactly why, except that maybe I have too many projects in progress at once. See if you agree.

I have a novel-in-progress that was my 2008 NaNoWriMo novel. It’s a high fantasy with lots of magic, five main characters, a quest, really evil bad guys, prophecy…and had been knocking around inside my skull for more than two decades when I finally decided it was time to do something about it. I wrote about 1/4 of what I envision taking place in the novel, and was still at 51,115 words. Now it’s hanging out there, mocking me, waiting for editing. It’s called The Third Prophesy.

And I have a novel-in-progress that is an urban fantasy similar to Jim Butcher‘s The Dresden Files books. So similar, in fact, that I worry that someone may think I stole the idea, but honestly, I started writing it before I’d read any of his books. It’s about some GBI agents that belong to a paranormal investigation group within the bureau and a tough-as-nails Atlanta PD detective who work to solve a string of bizarre murders in Atlanta. Committed with magic, of course. I’m about 38,000 words into this one, and have kind of reached a snag because I need to add a new character, but he needs to have been there since Chapter 2, and I’m in Chapter 9. Whoops. It’s called Perdition’s Flames.

And I have a novel-in-progress that is the second in the series I mention above. I did this one for NaNoWriMo 2009, because I had a fantastic idea and had to write it down. So I’m 53,122 words into that one, and am almost done. I’ll have to go back, of course, and flesh it out a bit. In this one, the investigators from the first book solve another, even weirder string of murders committed using magic. This one is called Death Scene.

And if that weren’t bad enough, I have ideas for the next two books in that series, but nothing concrete enough to start writing. Just a bunch of hand-written ideas in a notebook I keep with me constantly. One of them is tentatively called Lethal Allure, but I think that will change.

Let’s see, what else?

Ah, yes. I have three novelette- or novella-length stories on back burners, waiting for inspiration. Two are finished, and I’ve workshopped both of them…but my critiquers found them…lacking. The third is in a limbo state of being half written and half in my head. All three are hard science fiction.

I’m working on a hard science fiction story set on Mars. I’m revising an urban fantasy/dark fiction short story involving a vampire.

All in all, I think I have twelve short stories in various stages of completion. They range from pure horror to high fantasy, dark fiction, humorous sci-fi, urban fantasy, and a couple that don’t really fit any conventional genre. And they range in length from a 1200-word snippet to something along the lines of 7500 words.

And yet I can’t write. I sit down and the words…just don’t come. I can write this stuff all day, of course. :)

I think I need a kick in the pants. Maybe literal, but I’m hoping for figurative. :)

Originally published at WriteWright. You can comment here or there.

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( 2 hisses — Hiss at me! )
Oct. 14th, 2012 06:46 pm (UTC)
How do you sleep at night with all those people and ideas running around inside your head? Wowzers!
Oct. 14th, 2012 07:21 pm (UTC)
I will note that this was a lost post from my Wordpress blog that I re-instated from more than two years ago. Somehow, it went onto a different blog. It wasn't even supposed to show up over here.

At any rate, sleep isn't the issue. Finishing one or more of those stories are the issue.

Last year during NaNoWriMo, I set out to write 26 short stories, one for each letter of the alphabet. A Is for Anchor, B Is for Bard, C Is for Clowns that Creep Through Your Yard, etc. I thought each story would be ~2000 words, for a just over 52,000 words. Enough to win NaNoWriMo.

Of the 26 stories, I finished 15 and left 11 incomplete. The total word count on November 30th was 122,408. Sleep WAS an issue. :)
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