Starting Somethin’ by Lucy Felthouse

As I’m sure you know already, this month’s theme for the Dirty Birdies is beginnings. It’s a damn good theme, as I just sat for several minutes trying to figure out what to write, because I had a good few possibilities. In fact, I’ve changed my mind more than once just writing this introduction.

ideasBut I thought I’d write about something that’s been bugging me lately. I seem to be addicted to starting new pieces of work. I can be happily writing away on a short story or a novella, or even walking the dog, and my mind keeps wandering to the next piece of work I’m going to start after I’ve finished my current WIP. I can’t remember the last time I finished something andย didn’tย know what I was going to work on next.

This is a very irritating habit, because it pulls my concentration away from my current writing and slows me down. On many, many occasions, I’ve temporarily stopped writing, opened a new document and written the beginning of the next piece of work. It’s totally bizarre, and, as I said, irritating.

But it does have one really good bonus. It means that when I do finish the current piece of work, I’ve already started the next. I don’t have to sit there looking at a blank page and wondering how to begin. So my quirky habit of always starting somethin’ new isn’t that bad after all, is it?

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to start my latest WIP. Or should I say, add to what I wrote halfway through the last WIP… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Happy Reading!

Lucy x

6 Responses to Starting Somethin’ by Lucy Felthouse

  1. Hi Lucy,
    This is an interesting piece of writing. And I’m sure you are not alone in this. Although this isn’t writers block, it has
    to be the oposite where you have so much going on inside your head that you want to get them all down at the same time.
    This would be great when you are writing a novel. You could skip to writing different chapters whenever you feel the urge to write something different.
    Thanks for posting.

  2. Lucy – I am so with you! I’m half way through a novella and bam – I have to go and start the new story – grrrr, it is irritating but also, like you say – great when you finish one.
    I do like writing short stories while I’m heavy into a novel – helps to break things up a little. I agree with Cathy – it’s the opposite of writer’s block.
    Long may your ideas irritate you, Lucy! x x x x ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. Butterfly mind, Lucy! I think it’s a woman-thing. Because we have to multi-task, we’re constantly juggling several things at once. I think it sound really positive – at least you’re never short of ideas!

  4. That’s actually a wonderful thing to be happening. It means that all of your creative juices are flowing and you’ll have plenty of ideas to write. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Morning Lucy, I am the queen of displacement activities – often I’ll move away from my pc and make soup! Not quite sure why. And, of course, the next novel is always luring us with its siren call – I’ll be easier to write than this one, I won’t throw up difficulties that take days to unravel, I’ll be good – promise. In the words of the song: my, my, how can I resist you? I can’t. Happy writing.

  6. Hi Lucy, not a bad position to be in! I mean something on the runway ready to take off and your bags packed! Seriously just admit it, you’re darn good at multi-tasking. Just to throw in my few penny worth, yes I’m guilty too, always got something else on the back burner. A problem? No way, a great advantage. Keep ’em coming!