I was talking (perhaps ” grumbling” is more accurate) to töff (from FSFW) about the short story I’ve been trying to write. The story is The Betrayal of Mihangel and my problem is the more of the story I try to write the more obvious it is that it was never meant to BE a short story. There’s a novel worth of material – maybe even a trilogy – and every time I sit down to write I think of new ideas and concepts to throw into the plot. It’s been driving me mad. I have twists and turns the story can take that will make it a better read and a more realized world, but every time I try, the word count flashes through my mind and I get discouraged.
Töff, in his infinite wisdom, replied, “Yeah, but you gotta pick your novels. You can’t write everything.”
I thought about it for a while and decided that töff’s right. If I wrote every story that came to me I’d do nothing but write and I STILL would never feel a sense of completion. There isn’t enough time in my life to write all the story ideas I’ve already had, let alone all the ideas that come to me as I write more and more.
It’s difficult to admit, but some ideas will never get written due to time and interest constraints. Mihangel would have been such a story had I not decided to write a short story based off it. Now that it’s run away with me, I realize that it can’t be a short story at all. Since I’m already far into my first draft of Alex, it seems unlikely that Mihangel will see the light of day again until I am finished. And then it will have to hold its own as a story idea against all the other story ideas I might want to write.
Well, Mihangel has some advantage in that it’s further along than other story ideas I have. And I think I can finish it in one novel (though, it HAS run away with me before). For now the project is on hiatus as I focus on finishing the first draft of my Alex project and the new short story I’ve started working on, since I still need one done by June 15th (eek… Wish me luck).
|Alex||Novel (rough draft)||33% complete|
|Ryuu||Short Story (rough draft)||29% complete|
|Mihangel||Novel (rough draft)||On Hiatus|
Don’t you love how my story titles are all names? Wow, all but one are guys, too. Oh well, I still hope for titles to come to me as I continue to write. I’ll leave you all with some words of wisdom from C Michael Fontes – the first words he said when I told him what my next blog post was going to be. “You can pick your friends and you can pick your novels, but you can’t pick your friends novels.” That actually inspired me to come up with another blog post, but not for today. Maybe Wednesday.