Wednesday, October 3, 2012
IWSG - Can a scatter-brained writer find success?
This is a question that haunts me on a regular basis, and hits me hard if I have any other doubts going on. (so, pretty much all the time)
Can I concentrate on a project long enough to bring it to a fully polished finish that is saleable?
I hope so. I'm trying. Champion in the Darkness is slowly coming to life.
But I have all these other ideas popping up constantly, plus several other projects waiting in the wings like:
On One Wing (crummy working title) - the sequel to Champion in the Darkness. It's in rough draft form and waiting for second draft status.
Refined by Fire - third book in the Champion series. It's only in outline/scraps of idea form.
The Identity of Captain Wrath, the novel - a wacky space opera scifi that makes me laugh to myself during the day so that other people at the grocery store give me a wide berth. It's fully outlined, and has several short story and vignettes written for it already. Can you say I think about this book every single day even when I'm trying to concentrate on my main project and it's driving me nuts?
The Great Glory - a novel about Duke Wenceslas (like King Wenceslas from the Christmas song but more based on his real life in early 900a.d.) - this is a 1/4 written mess, with notes that I write out from different resources randomly (like just last week at the library).
Chameleon - a shapeshifter story that I started filling out with an outline . . . currently on hold, but I still daydream about it now and then.
Plus, a myriad of other short story and poem ideas . . .
Oh, and that old story, War, Inc. (written before the poorly done movie, and after the original video game (between 1998 and 2001)) - it's scifi novel that was written over the course of three years, and had several messy 2nd draft starts that I never finished. If I unearth that one from it's storage space in my closet, I'll need a new title, and a lot of determination. However, I still love the characters and I miss them like old friends now and then. (more crazy writer talk)
So, can a scatter-brained writer find success? What do you think?
So far, this post by Angie at Notes from the Writing Chair helped cheer me up: One Thing at a Time (Or Not)