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I’m writing a novella, and I have a short story that I have waiting in the wings. But first I need to finish this novella. I am one of those writers who needs things completed before they can move on, and it drives me a little (a lot) nuts.

So, today I will be scheming how to finish this story up. I got to a place where I thought I was done, but then realized I really wasn’t. So I need to write a few new scenes and the new ending today so I can work on my short story.

Am I the only author out there who can’t move on to new projects until the old ones are completed? If you were ever like me, please tell me how you got past this? I wish I could have 15 projects going at once.



  1. March 29, 2014 / 12:26 pm

    I can’t help because I’m the same as you. I usually find my brain works best if I concentrate on one story at a time. I will sometimes take a break from a longer WIP to write a short story, but usually only if I’m stuck on the WIP. If the words are flowing I find taking time out for other projects throws me and then I lose the flow.

    I think all writers are different and you just have to do what works for you. The thought of having 15 projects on the go at once makes my brain want to crawl out of my ears – but I’m sure it works for some people!

    • Posy
      March 29, 2014 / 12:31 pm

      Haha. Me too. I already have enough to keep straight, but being able to shift when stuck would be useful. I’d probably end up using incorrect names and write things in the wrong era if I had too many irons in the fire.

  2. March 29, 2014 / 12:41 pm

    When I really get into a project, I can’t write on anything else until it’s finished. But when I’ve just started something and not really feeling it, I can flit back and forth for a while, until I find something I can really get into. ^_^


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