My First IWSG Post: Manuscript Commitment Issues

A lot of the blogs I read participate in this thing called the Insecure Writers SupportGroup, hosted by Alex J. Cavanaugh. While I have been reading these posts for a few months, I have not joined in… until today. The thing about being insecure about writing is that sometimes you feel insecure about revealing your insecurities. This is perhaps why I did not join the IWSG blogfest until today, and why it is best that I do.

While I try to offer support to other writers on my blog, as well as providing intriguing books for writers and bibliophiles to read, I do not discuss my own writing very often. The IWSG offers a great way to get all that stuff off your chest about your writing, and that is how I plan to use it. Even if no one cares. So there.

Right now I am feeling insecure about my writing for two reasons: 1) I have had little time to write so far this summer, and 2) I am having a difficult time focusing on just one manuscript at a time. In my entire writing career (if you can call it a career; I suppose I should say “in my entire life”) I have finished the first draft of two novels. Neither went anywhere, and they have been laid to rest. In the past two years, I have started five or six new novels, but the farthest I have gotten is to about 20,000 words before feeling stuck. 

I think it’s because I’ve been looking back at those two completed manuscripts and looking at them as failures rather than as progress. I have been unable to trudge onward because I am afraid my next work-in-progress will end up in the dump drawer beside those first two.I am afraid to finish a first draft, so I don't finish and simply move onto a new project when I start to feel too attached to the current one.

How do you deal with laying a long-term work to rest? How do you move on to the next project with confidence? How do you stick with a single project until the end?

Peace, Aimee