Writers all have their personal plagues. Mine is the Shiny New Idea. It is a virus that attacks the minute I sit down with my latest batch of revisions. Oh look, it makes me say, bright and shiny bling…I want!
And instead of sitting me down to edit or revise the piece that has been patiently waiting (well, tapping its fingers at me), off I go to chase the Shiny New Idea…or should I call it Shiny Idea New…cos then the acronym reads SIN, which is what it is, I tell you. And if it is any consolation, better minds than mine have succumbed to it.
So today, I’ve decided to stop slavering over new ideas in my daily writing practice, (WIP related prompts only!) and bring a new antidote into the equation: the Revise Or Die, or ROD. Deadlines, that’s what my sorry ass needs, I’ve figured. So I’ll go back to my stories and ready them for submission…each with a self-given deadline. And if that doesn’t work, I don’t know what will.
What is your personal plague as a writer? Have you ever faced a consistent attack of the Shiny New Idea?
Today, Cherie Rich is interviewing me about my book A to Z Stories of Life and Death at Surrounded by Books Reviews . I’m grateful to her for taking the time and would love you guys to death if you came over and chatted me up over at her blog!
40 authors and 4 organizers at the Rule of Three Blogfest so far. It is a month-long shared-world fiction extravaganza starting 5th October— with some great prizes, ooodles of fun, and of course, a lot of exposure for your writing. This is one Blogfest fiction authors ought not to miss. Go Sign Up Now!