I just had a very strange idea. I don’t know what inspired it, but it reminds me of the way a pearl is created. A pearl starts with something irritating in the shell of an oyster. Little by little, calcium carbonate is laid down over the irritation until a pearl is formed. At least, that’s the general idea.
My idea was probably born of frustration, which is a kind of irritation. The frustration comes from having so many stories in some stage of incompletion, and knowing that some of them are simply going to languish until I have time to get to them, maybe not for years. That frustration means that every now and then, I’ll jump into one of those languishing stories and add a bit to it. The keyword/expression is “every now and then.” But what if I did that on a regular basis, as part of my normal writing day? What if I devoted half an hour or an hour a day to randomly running through my stories and adding whatever I could? Eventually, one by one, they’d all be complete, maybe much sooner than if they had to wait for my full attention.
The idea fits my grasshopper mind perfectly. Even when I’m in the obsessive throes of working on a major project, my thoughts wander to those WIPs and I feel the frustration that makes me want to allow myself to be sidetracked for a while. I love the notion that I could be creating pearls.