Well, folks. It was fun while it lasted.

As you can see, not much has been happening on this blog lately.

There are several reasons for this, but I will only hit on a couple:

First: It's amazing how much can change in a couple of months--both in our personal lives and on the writing front. A couple of us have signed publishing contracts, and so the need to write, edit, market, promote HAD to take preference over this blog and the services we were providing.

Second: Running this blog, critiquing submissions, providing feedback...well, that's a LOT of dang work. We weren't getting paid for this service. We had a concept and we went with it--for free--not realizing how much time it would involve with very little (nothing) in return for our effort.

Third: Probably the biggest factor that made us come to this decision, was the fact that a good portion of the submissions we received just weren't ready. They needed more revision. We were wanting to give out reviews on AMAZING, fully complete, well edited novels. 90% of what we received didn't come close.

So we've shut it down. We've moved on.

If you liked our comments and our posts, you can check us out on our individual blogs:

Angela Scott: www.whimsywritingandreading.weebly.com or @whimsywriting on twitter or http://www.facebook.com/AngelaScottWriter

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Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Got Nothing. . .

Posted by Ready, Aim, Hook Me at 10:29 PM

Working has officially sucked away all my creative juices. I’ve been training for a new job for the past two weeks. It is intensive and boring. I don’t have the energy or time to write and I haven’t once thought about my w.i.p. In fact, I think it’s pretty much dead at this point. Too much time has passed since I fiddled with it, plus I had a dream about my character being a big ol’ pansy, so I’m thinking I need to start fresh. Finding the time to start fresh is going to be difficult, with two blogs and reading submissions. And kids . . . . yikes. 

When do you know whether or not to abandon your characters and hop on another train? We’ve all heard the saying that more people start novels than finish them, so does that mean we should always stick with it? Should we follow through until our imaginary peeps get their happily ever after?

I want to know what you guys think. Have you ever given up on a project because of time constraints or personal obligations? When is it appropriate to start fresh? And, if you have set a project aside to start a new one, do you plan to go back to it later? 


Kathy Reinhart on July 1, 2011 at 4:05 PM said...

Sometimes, jumping ship is inevitable. To this day, I have 1/2 of a WIP in my file cabinet that will probably never see the sunlight again. It started off like all get go, characters were growing into themselves, blending with each other, all was well on the fictioin front, but on the home front... hard marriage turned into harder divorce, had to take a job outside the home, ecetera, ecetera, ecetera.... Today, I have forotten not only where I was going with it, but who the characters were. I refer to this in my blogs as 'distracted by life'. But, even though it happens and we don't want it to... I have found it usually yields many more story ideas than the one we lost.

BookGeek on July 3, 2011 at 9:00 PM said...

I feel you when it comes to the creative juices going dry because your work sucks you dry. Another reason why I joined the critique group! I need some motivation.

I've abandoned characters before, but I say that with caution. Parts of them, or all of them, show up in other forms in other stories. Don't feel so bad!

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