“The difference between a novelist and someone who tinkers around with writing is this: novelists finish their books.” Nancy Etchemendy
Confession: I am a tinkerer. Not something I am really happy to admit, but the first step of growth is to become aware of our own bullshit.
When I made the decision to put everything into restarting this journey of making my love of writing the priority it so very much deserves to be, I decided to start by printing out all my old work – some of the drafts dating back 20 years. I have two draft manuscripts completed but never edited and numerous others which I have started but never done the justice of completing. Next confession… I have not written, as in actually sat down and written 500 – 1000 words a day for about 5 years. The reason why is a story for another day.
The last few weeks I have spent auditing these unfinished works. Making notes, endless notes, on what has the budding potential for completion and what could be used towards new works which I have planned. The next step is to make my way through the two completed draft manuscripts – the question is – how to decide if they should be pursued to completion or if they should be once again shelved until the day comes that my full interest in them is renewed?
I ask the question, but I think I already know the answer. My notebook is overflowing with potential projects and I am bursting with inspiration like I haven’t been for years. It is time for a change – a change from tinkerer to novelist. My goals are set. My passion rekindled. And although my inner procrastinator is pleading with me, exhausting the old “where will I find the time” excuses, I will not be overcome. Not this time.
“A goal should scare you a little, and excite you A LOT.” – Joe Vitale