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.
But 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 and didn’t 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… 😉