For a long time I have felt like I’m not writing enough. Yesterday, I realized it may be that I’m being too hard on myself.
About a year ago, I wrote a short story called Northville Five & Dime. I’m going to use that as my marker for a year. Since then, that short story has turned into a relatively completely 30,000 word novella. I also write the 15,000 word short story Deviation. I started a horror story and wrote about 4,000 words on that. I started and wrote over 10,000 words on a top secret project. I also have written a number of short stories that probably total around 15,000 – 20,000 words.
Add it all up and it comes to 74,000 – 79,000 words written over the past year. That’s not bad. Why do I feel like I haven’t done anything? I think it’s that completion thing. It is that there are other works that I have started and stopped and not been able to finish. That even though I have “completed” Deviation and Northville, I haven’t yet decided what to do with them. That’s where my dissatisfaction lies. But I should be happy with what I’ve done. So, here’s to me!!