As a writer do you know where your biggest weakness lies? It’s a useful point of consideration. Anything can be fixed, but the first stage of improvement has to be accepting / realising exactly what the issue is.
My biggest writing weakness is linked to one of my main strengths. I rarely struggle for ideas. If writing was purely about dreaming up concepts / themes I’d be very successful.
It’s also a bit of a curse. I’ll be working on a project, and some other idea will pop into my head. I quickly scribble it down so I don’t forget it. While I’m scribbling those couple of sentences my subconscious starts building on the new idea. I get so excited about this new idea that I start writing more, and more, and of course the original project I was working on stalls.
I lack focus. I need the discipline to stay focused on the original idea while limiting myself to just writing down the new idea in a single sentence. If I can achieve this I’m sure my productivity will increase. I’m also sure my writing will improve.
The extent of the problem is severe. I divide my writing into three folders:
Submitted (Finished work)
Basic (Representing the ideas I have restricted to a couple of sentences)
Developed (The stories I launched straight into and of course still haven’t finished)
I have thirty three high level ideas in my ‘Basic’ folder.
I have thirty started stories in my ‘Developed’ folder. Thirty? It’s kind of ridiculous. Some of these incomplete stories are 7,000 plus words.
I wanted to post this for two reasons. Firstly, I’m publicly acknowledging the issue in an attempt to maintain discipline. Secondly, there could be another aspiring writer out there who has the same issue, and just maybe this entry might make them feel better. If that’s you then you’re not alone.
M J Wolfson - That's me.