"On Hold" ProjectsA Lesson by TJ Graham
I call writing a project. Why? Depending on what it is, it takes time.
I'm a very bad person. Horrible. Why? I'll tell you. It was a dark and rainy night....No, okay. It was April 29th, 2007. I had just finished, on paper, writing the second part of my Science Fiction trilogy "Black Haven" called "Revelation". Hasn't changed. Been almost 4 years. Hasn't changed. Not one bit. I had started writing the third, but it crashed and burned. I haven't given up, I just wanted to move on. I'll prove I haven't given up.
In the 4 years that the trilogy has sat, collecting dust, it has gone through at least four different plot changes, everything from robots, to clones, to aliens. This is what you call a writing "On Hold". A project you HAVE NOT GIVEN UP on, but are still working out the kinks. Just like a restoration on a car. Sits in your garage, but you working on it bit by bit.
Now, it's okay to stop working on a writing project and move on to something else. DO NOT LET ANYONE TELL YOU OTHERWISE. Maybe you can stop working on the "Big Project" and write a Short Story version of it.
Example: "Breaking Walls" is my "Big Project". I started that in October 2008, two years, people!
I have written a short based on that (It is actually a semi-epilogue) called "Walking".
You see? I said I was a very bad person. That's two good projects "On Hold"
Now, a way to 'cure' my laziness is to make a promise (sort of). Make a list of your current and future writings, and set a completion date for every single one.
“Breaking Walls” needs to be finished by: January 2011.
“Black Haven” needs to be started on by: Fall 2011.
“Opposing Force” needs to be finished by: Summer 2012.
But DO NOT make yourself a promise that you can't keep.
As I, obviously, already have.
However, I have found that using this method could work, if you want to get something done. But I still find that taking your "Pain in The A*s" project and turning it into a short story and rebuilding it from there is the best method.
So, if any of what you have just read works for you, congratulations! You are on your way to finishing your most difficult work yet.
So, if you think it'll work for you. Let me know.
Good luck, and good writing.
Added on April 10, 2010
Last Updated on April 13, 2010
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