When are you going to get back on that writing project? The half started short story, the novel stuck at chapter seven, the play left hanging on act one, or that poem you started in January for this years Remembrance Day competition? Its not too late you know, so why not fish out that shelved project, and start over.
Having talked to lots of writers over the last few months, it’s apparent that many of you have been away from your WIP (work in progress) for a while. Perhaps like me, you’ve been giving your mind a break, switching off and recharging your creativity, or maybe you’ve moved house, or had a baby, perhaps retired, or just lost the thread of whatever it was you were writing.
Isn’t it time you thought about getting going again? Make a deal with yourself now. Set a date, (mine is August 1st) and write it down somewhere. On your blog, in your diary or writers notebook, or on your fridge door! Writing it down somewhere prominent will make it more official, reinforcing it in your mind that the date is when you will be back at your desk working on your neglected project. Lets make a new plan together, so that when the day comes we’ll be ready for action.
Firstly, we’ll need somewhere to write, and over the next week, I’ll be preparing a new space. A spare bedroom will become a makeshift writing room, I have a desk, and a chair already, its got good light too, not that it matters too much as I will mainly be writing in the evenings. Which brings me to when?
I’ve been looking at my diary, I haven’t got many regular time slots where I can fit some writing. I’ve decided to be harsh, and take a good look at what I can drop, things that aren’t as important to me as getting my novel finished.
In truth, I will have to find gaps, here and there where I can fit the things I need to do. I need to get back into the habit of using my time more wisely. However, I also recognize I need time to relax, so there is a bit of juggling to do there.
Have you got any half finished projects? Why not think about resurrecting them? Set a date, and don’t forget to let me know WHEN, you’ll be starting again.