I started my current novel some time ago (I’m embarrassed to even say how long ago it was) and it should’ve been finished by now. In fact I should’ve not only finished that novel but have already been well into the next one. Nevertheless, I am still not finished yet. I think that these are some of the reasons that I haven’t finished my novel yet:
- Too many ideas
- Can’t balance my time effectively
- Too ambitious with the projects that I want to accomplish
- Too much time spent not writing
In the end they all boil down to excuses that just aren’t good enough but I thought identifying with them would possibly help me finally get to the point where I could perhaps finish the novel. I believe the biggest reason I can’t seem to finish is the fact that I just have one too many ideas running around in my head; too many characters; too many plots. I did what I seem to always do. I get to that point where I am almost at the end (literally, I’m on Chapter 22 of a novel that is supposed to go to chapter 29—of course that could change) and then another idea that I’ve had in my head for sometime starts to become a stronger presence in my subconscious and then it’s the only idea I can concentrate on.
It’s a terrible habit that I have and it almost makes me wish that my problem was having a lack of ideas so the ones I have won’t take over every other project that I am working on. Perhaps this is another form of writer’s block. I always thought that it pertained to not having any ideas or inspiration to write at all but I think it might be just as bad to have so many ideas that you can’t focus on just one. Maybe I can’t seem to finish because it is my first attempt at writing a mystery and I’m nervous it won’t turn out as good as I am hoping. This is the point where I chuckle at people who seem to think that writing is easy and that all writers do is come up with stories. It’s so much harder then people think it is.
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2 thoughts on “The Reasons Why My Novel Might Not Be Finished Yet”
I do the same thing, which is why I’m religious about committing to NaNoWriMo. I tell myself I should b able to make myself write 1666 words a day for 30 day any time of the year, but somehow I need to push through the excuses and just write every day, but I don’t and my family doesn’t take it seriously all the time. Nano makes the commitment external and then I do it. It is the only way I finished all 3 of my books, and one I had started 13 years earlier.