Nicole J. Simms

Juggling Like a Drunk Clown

Post date: 18th March 2015

Juggling like a drunk clown, yeah, that’s how I have been feeling. At times, I’m unsure about what project to start next, which is something I haven’t experienced before. There is so much to do, but there never seems to be enough time. It doesn’t help that I spend most of the day being indecisive, but there comes a point where you have to take control of your writing journey rather than allowing your writing to drag you around by the hair. I’m not sure how, but I’ll let you know when I figure it out.

So, what projects do I have? Well, the one thing that is taking up the most time is my writing group project. I was set an assignment to write a 150-word synopsis for a book, so I decided to create one for my novel. I’ve been pulling out my hair ever since. I’m not even sure what the issue is. I’ve looked into writing a synopsis, and I know and understand my novel, so it really shouldn’t be so difficult. I suppose I’m thinking too much about it. It is something that I will need to figure out eventually if I ever want my novel to be seen by the world. I did, however, find this useful article on synopsis writing.

That brings me to my novel. Even though I have left it to ferment, I still hear it calling out to me, “Nicole, I’m still in the box. Come on now, take me out, and let’s do this.” In response, I tell my novel to wait a little longer. I’m starting to think that I may be avoiding editing the novel. It fills me with dread. It is going to take a long time to get this novel submission ready, but I’m not going to avoid it any longer. So, on the 1st April, I will take my novel out and start wrestling.

In the meantime, I am working on my novella. Well, creating a fictional village is taking longer than I expected. There’s so much to plan: the history, the people, name, streets, parish council, the list is endless. However, I prefer to research and plan things properly rather than rush ahead and have my story rejected because it doesn’t feel real. I’m going to keep working on it though, and it’ll be the project to jump back to, when the novel starts to drive me crazy.

My final task is my short story editing pile. I still have many stories to work through, and a lot of them need rewriting and more research. It’s taking more time than I had planned, but I’m slowly getting there. I have stopped writing new stories, so that I can reduce my editing pile, which was fine at first, since I still wrote stories for my writing group assignments, but with the new synopsis assignment, I haven’t been able to write anything new, which I am missing. However, this week we should get a new assignment, but for now, I have editing to do.

Keep writing, folks!

I’m hoping that the next time I write on here I have some good news to share with you all, but for now, it’s back to work. Oh, and folks, I’m now on Twitter.


My latest, The Horror Tree, posts can be found at the links below.

http://horrortree.com/setting-self-doubt-on-fire-the-writing-group-experience/

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