As September closes, I am thinking of the past and the future...
Right now, I am still working on the same three projects set aside at the beginning of this year. Endless Rhyme, Justin!, and Rag Doll. They are all in some form of completion.
I have been writing long enough to know that some projects just take a long time to complete. I started writing stories when I was 16. I had fantasies of one day publishing my stories, but my enthusiasm waned as time went on. I no longer believed I would publish a story, yet I still had ideas and stories trapped inside of me. I continued to write everything down. Random bits and stories without endings. Finally, I had a good idea -- a story worth telling. I persisted although it took years to complete. It took three years and I did publish.
I suppose my diligence, persistence, and patience comes from many years of drawing. I learned a long time ago to never give up on a drawing. Sometimes a masterpiece takes many tries and many years to complete. At times, I was frustrated when I could not get a drawing to come out perfect. I was still determined to complete it. Thankfully, this determination and patience carried over into my writing.
Some writing projects need to sit for a while. I needed to step back and look at what I made. Often when drawing, one needs to take a break, step back, and look at the whole picture. This process will help to find flaws and help the artist to see where to proceed. I apply this basic technique to my writing so that I can see it with fresh eyes.
I am looking with fresh eyes.