I cannot remember a time I didn’t want to be a writer. I also cannot remember a time when I didn’t write. Thankfully my mother kept a collection of letters, stories, poems and other such things from my very early childhood through my teen years.
I remember thinking many times throughout the years, that writing was the only thing I was truly good at.
My parents, teachers, mentors, etc., always told me how gifted I was at writing. I can remember hearing all the same things, over and over again. “You should write a book.”, “How do you find the words to say all this?”, “Did you write this?”, and my favorite, “Have you ever had any of your work published?”. When I was a kid and early teen, I really hadn’t been published, unless you consider having your essay/story/poem featured in talent shows at school and such.
It wasn’t until high school that I finally got a taste of what it was like to be published in our school journal, which was a big deal at the time (at least to me it was).
I’ve grown up and moved on, and tried all different styles and genre’s of writing, but I come back to fiction every time.
I don’t mind writing articles, and do so occasionally. I also have a non-fiction book that is in its final stages of editing. So, I’m not opposed to writing non-fiction, but more often than not, I enjoy the gratification I get from telling a story that lives inside the depths of my brain and is just waiting for me to put fingers to keyboard and churn out several thousands words.
The saddest part is, that if I counted every WIP (work in progress) that I have, I would say that I am in different stages of completion and editing on at least 45 different stories. Some of them are terrible, I know this – it’s why I haven’t gone back to work on them again. Some of them are amazing, and those are the ones I long to get back to, and work on.
My question for you is, how many WIP’s do you have saved on your hard drive, back up drive, in notebooks, slips of paper, whatever…
Am I the only weirdo that has so many different WIP’s?
Tell it how it is, in the comments.
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