I Change My Mind So Often I Exhaust Myself

I change my mind so often I exhaust myself.

This quote couldn’t be more real for me personally. I have a problem. I think of a great story. I’m really enthusiastic and begin writing, planning etc. Then around chapter 8-10 I begin doubting. I STOP writing. I think hmm maybe I should write something else or go back to a previous half written manuscript; which I left in doubt.

How do I get through this phase?

I love writing Historical/Romance, but found it hard in terms of research. I started writing a fantasy type novel. Which I was extremely confident about, until recently when I started doubting, and began thinking about going back to the historical/romance story.

Any ideas or tips on how to get through that phase?

What do you do in order to block those thoughts and stick with one idea?

Jen x 

17 thoughts on “I Change My Mind So Often I Exhaust Myself

  1. Maybe rather than trying to write genre, just stick with what you know: your own experiences or those of people you know. Then after you’ve written novel length manuscripts that way, you can experiment with other forms. The confidence comes from finishing something and it’s easier to finish a story you are familiar with.

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  2. Keep going even if all you do is write the same sentence…you will eventually break through the doubt. As for research and accuracy. That comes after you’ve completed
    the first draft. Give yourself plenty of time, especially if you are learning by doing.

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    • Yes, I hit a hurdle around chapter 7 and broke through it. Okay so leave the research/accuracy till later, that sounds good! The fantasy one is fine for all that, the romance/history needs a lot of work, but it’s where my heart lies. It means a lot to me. But now I don’t want to just give up on the fantasy. Oh writing; this is a tough business! Thanks for your wonderful advice Robert! X

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      • Writing is a tough business. I am constantly battling fear and doubt.

        But the only way to get past it is to keep writing. Eventually you will reach a point where you trust that you have command of the language–that’s when you start playing with the words and enjoying the process.

        I’ve found that dialogue usually falls into place in the Second Draft; which is when I also begin to research the technical details of the story.

        The first draft is about getting the story out–let it tell itself.


      • Arggh seems like a writer thing; this fear and doubt. I have to say since starting this blog and connecting with such wonderful people/writers and getting my writing out there. My confidence has improved so much! Thank you for your wonderful advice, It’s really helped. I feel like I’m ready to tackle it, and as you said just letting the story out. x

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  3. Whatever you have in mind just jott it down like the way you fantasize and be yourself with no exhausting n all..you ll break the barrier. .trying is important in this regard. .just don’t give it up

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  4. I have found that I can write short stories and poems galore, but I can’t focus long enough to write something really long. I got close on a serial series I wrote using prompts and if I fill out the parts that are missing because prompts don’t tend to lead to a fully filled in story, I might get close. But I seem happier writing short stories, poems or articles that need research. Good luck!

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