Monday, March 8, 2010

Finish What You Start

I think I have WAD.
Nay, I know I have it.

My friend (Margot) and I were out brainstorming and we decided I have WAD, which is Writers Attention Disorder.

Probably not a real thing, and yes I googled it and didn’t get anything medically related. But I am sure I have it. You see, I can’t seem to finish anything lately. I have a great idea, I go at the story typing away like crazy, and then the scene ends and fades to black. I’m not sure where to go from there. How to move things forward, so I start kicking around ideas, play the “what if” game and before you know it, a new character strolls into the picture and I like them so much better.


I blame it on an overactive imagination.
No, it’s true. If I couldn’t imagine so many things going on I wouldn’t be so distracted. And that is my underlying problem. It’s like I’m five and I see something shiny so I forget everything else and go for the pretty piece. Then when I’m bored with that item I don’t want to go back to what I was doing before. Very frustrating indeed.

So, faced with this dilemma, I am going to try to not give in to my inner five year old and stick with the project. Finish what I started. Oh, I’m sure that some characters will try to creep in while I’m working, but I will give them only ten minutes of my time. Jot their information down and get back to the story.

I suppose if I get stuck in the project I’m working on, I can always kill someone off to make it interesting!

Check back next week and I’ll try to post how it’s working for me.



Morgan Mandel said...

I have it too! I wonder how many other writers have it. Maybe it's an epidemic!

Morgan Mandel

June said...

LOL! Morgan, maybe we need to start a support group!


Margot Justes said...

WAD it is-now finish, so I can read the COMPLETED MS...

KJ Roberts said...

I get a lot of story beginnings too. A couple of pages written and then nothing. I have a ton of these saved on my computer in case the characters start talking to me again.

I think it is just part of the creative process. I jot these pages down and then return to my WIP. Currently I have one at 35K, another one I'm activly working on at 7K (but it is a short story about 15-20K) and one I am plotting. Maybe I'd get around to these first scene stories, but I doubt it.


June said...


Thanks for sharing! I'm so glad to know that I'm not alone!!