There is not enough time!

I’m at a point where I have to remind myself that good things take time. I have a lot of little projects on the go and none of them should be rushed. I have to write each piece to it’s rightful conclusion, and I can’t skimp on the revising/editing/polishing part of the process just to get something out the door.

I think that’s got to be the suckiest part about writing. You simply can’t take shortcuts. It shows. Personally, I don’t want to let myself down like that, but it is SO tempting!

So what am I up to now? Gosh. Plans are out of sync, but I am busy. I’m making plans for the revise of Mocha Nihilism, I’m putting the finishing touches on my latest story before it’s ready for submission, I’m bashing a flash fiction piece into reasonable shape.

And I have a new shiny.

Damn the new shiny. It’s just so SHINY. So alluring. I’m dreaming about it, thinking about it every time one child or another wakes me in the night. Thinking up fun new bits to add to the story from the moment I wake up. I’ve allowed myself to start planning it, but I won’t be writing it any time soon.

The new shiny always comes at you full force as you’re about to commit to a reasonable sized task. It’s job is to push you off track, to stop you from moving forward from a first draft. Your brain wants you to play in happy creativity land, where anything is possible and endless potential lies before you.

But I won’t be tricked. No. As beautiful and alluring, and fun as this new shiny is. It has to wait, along with all the other shiny’s that were once new but are now a little dusty from sitting on the shelf.

There is never enough time to do everything all at once, but at least with my writing, I have a little more patience than with life in general. The idea won’t be any less good in a month time, or six. And if it can hang around for that long and still look appealing? Then it’s definitely worth devoting time to.


6 thoughts on “Shiny!”

  1. i enjoyed reading this and found it rather inspiring. I often find the new “shiny” far to interesting to wait and finish the job im doing. if i perhaps practises a bit of willpower and finished the job im doing,well lets face it.You have already said this far more poetically than i am. πŸ™‚

  2. Oh, the shiny. I’d love it, too, if I could just fling the story out there, warts and all, and have everyone love it as much as I did when it was all shiny and new.

    Not happening, is it? Onward.

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