It's time again for Alex J Cavanaugh's Insecure Writers Support Group. This is an excellent opportunity to air your worries and frustrations about writing, gain helpful feedback from others in the same boat and hopefully offer your own support to others too. To read more about it and to sign up click on Alex's link.
My productivity over the last month has not been great, I must say. I started off well with a plan to write four short stories over the four weeks in September, but I only managed to get half way through before hitting choppy waters.
I think the trouble I've been having is trying to juggle too many ideas at once. I've made plenty of notes, a story idea here, a character there. Every time I try and concentrate on developing one of my ideas, however, my mind keeps wandering across all of the others and I wonder if one of them would have been better to work on. I then lose focus on the one I picked and end up without having developed anything. Maybe it's just my attention span?
Anyway, I think the way to move forward is to pick an idea and try my hardest to stick to it. I could carry it around for a while in my mind, let it simmer awhile until it's ready to go down on the page. I have a feeling that this is how writing is supposed to work anyway but my mind hasn't done that for a little while. I need to get myself back into the swing of things.
I hope that next month's entry will be something a bit more positive, but given the dip I was in last week I think this one's not too bad :-)