Writing: The Rot

I’ve been a bit lackadaisical towards my writing lately and it’s starting to get me down. I’ve clocked in and done a bit every day, but I don’t feel as though I’ve got much of a drive to finish anything. It’s not for lack of ideas either: I’ve got a couple of spiral bound shorthand notebooks that are bursting at the seams with notes, ideas, snatches of dialogue and my Google Documents account has about a dozen pieces in various states of completion.

Top of my list at the moment are a couple of steampunk stories that I’ve been working on. I’ve finished the first draft on one, and I’m partway through the other, but I’m suffering from itch editing fingers. If I go away from them for too long I start to move elements around, change wordings and even start to doubt the entire structure of the story. That of course leads to unnecessary editing and then the rot sets in. The creative process quickly changes into a destructive process of self editing that is wholly unnecessary during the first draft.

The answer is simple of course: write more, write regularly and stop second guessing what I’ve written. It’s doing it that’s the problem.

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