For the past year, I’ve been working on a project called Amnesty. It’s a project that grew, rather unexpectedly, out of writer’s block on another piece. I had been working on another novel, Catalyst, for about a year when I hit a wall. So I took a break. That break,which was only supposed to be few weeks, turned into a months-long journey into an entirely new story. I know I will return to Catalyst eventually, but I have been so wrapped up in Amnesty this year, I haven’t had time.
So why am I telling you this?
It seems I’ve reached a similar point in Amnesty. I’m running toward the climax, and I’ve hit a wall. In it’s place, another story is taking shape. It’s as story that promises to be funny, heartwarming, maybe a little offensive. All the makings of a good book.
So I’m at a loss. Am I just bad at finishing stories? Should I stick it out on Amnesty, push past the writers block, while writing myself notes for this new project as I go? Should I abandon Amnesty the way I did Catalyst and hope I have better luck finishing this new project? Is writing worth doing if it becomes tedious, or is it like any other career, easy and wonderful at times, sluggish and mind-numbing at others?
What do you do when you face writer’s ADD?