A few days ago, one of my Facebook memories was a link to a post I wrote 5 years ago. I remembered the title of the post, but I didn’t remember what it was about. So, I went back and read it again. When I got to the end, I saw links to some older related posts, so I clicked on one of them. I repeated this process until I had read through 10 -15 older posts of mine. After doing that, I saw a pattern that kind of bothered me.
I’ve wasted quite a few story ideas over the years.
There were a fair number of those posts where I talked about different story ideas I’ve had over the years. A couple, like my Left 4 Dead story and Sceptre of Chaos, I actually saw through until the end. Others I started, but, for one reason or another, I never finished. The rest I didn’t even begin.
For the most part, these ideas faltered for one of two reasons. The first is that I simply lost my enthusiasm for the idea. It’s not that I thought they were bad ideas. I just wasn’t excited about them anymore.
The other reason is time. As much as I love writing, I don’t always have time to do it. Granted, there are stories that I specifically made time for, such as the book I wrote with Matt (or any other collaborations I’ve done with him or anybody else), but everything else has been done on a “if I have time” basis. There was a two month stretch where I tried to dedicate a half hour to an hour a day to writing whatever I had going on at the time, but it didn’t last.
The things I spend my time on are important (like being with my wife and daughter) or necessary (like going to work). I shouldn’t feel bad for not having more time to write, but there are days that I do. While I could definitely give up working, I would never give up the time I spend with my girls. So, the solution seems simple: I need to get paid for writing so I can quit work and have the time to do it. I don’t see that happening any time soon, however.
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