I’m having doubts that Kithara was a good idea, I’ve had doubts from the moment I clicked publish, actually. I know what I want to write, but it feels familiar to me, like maybe it’s a rip off of something, there’s that nagging feeling. I know no book is truly original work, it’s really hard to be 100% original, I understand that, I strive to be original and I feel like a cheat at times.
With the story Kithara, I also felt as though it started rather slap dashed and in a way it did, I wrote it and immediately published it on here, no edits. A big mistake?
I think it was a big mistake, I was very eager in getting a short story started on here and I didn’t want to put any of my previous stories up because I wanted to save them for approaching actual publishers. I’ve always been told I rush in where angels fear to tread, I am always rushing what I do and too eager to please everybody all of the time. So, I got into a habit after reading “Stephen King On Writing” to write my stories and put them away for a few months then read them and edit them accordingly, but I guess I was too excited by this blog that I forgot my new rule.
I want to abandon this story and never do more to it personally; but I do too, because this has been idea that’s been floating around for nine years as an actual novel, I thought it would be a good idea to put it up as short story chunks online. Although I want to stop this story right now and ignore it ever happened, maybe even delete it from site and start re-arranging it as a novel again. I feel I am ripping off my readers, though Kithara hasn’t had any comments or likes, so maybe it’s not something to worry about?
But worry I do, it’s my nature, that’s why I never get anything done. I suppose, though everybody who knows me say they never see me resting, they never see me do absolutely nothing. I am always writing or have my nose stuck in a book, gardening or cooking/baking, playing with my son, tidying up, and doing stuff for charity.
I feel like a secret procrastinator, I actually do very little, it’s just other people see me doing something all the time that they don’t see me for what I really am… lazy.
When I write it’s always as short as a poem each time, then I move onto another story or another poem or song, then I research a little, then I get up and tidy, then I bake a cake to avoid working more, then I go back to typing really slowly my stories, reading, re-reading, editing as I go along, deleting a lot, and as I mentioned in other posts, burning a lot.
I think the only thing I do a lot is, post online, I do a lot of non-fiction posting of a lot of things in various places. I’ve been told I should write non-fiction as I seem to do a lot of posts based on it, but I can’t do that, I did an Open University course in 2010 and I got very low scores because I can’t reference for the life of me, I know all these great things but forget where I learned it from and I forget to make the important notes, I make lots and lots of notes, but nothing important; so I gave up that course for a while, mainly because my son was starting to crawl and cause chaos.
The course was “Introducing the social sciences”, these days I am thinking about switching to literature or something, that should be easy because I am still signed up with the OU but as a non-participating student and it is an open degree, means I can shift around a bit.
I doubt Kithara will continue for several months actually. I think any story posted up here will be a touch and go for finishing. So please don’t get your hopes up with me, the worst thing anyone can do for me is to have any expectations of me, I always let people down. Just sit back and hope you’ll actually read an ending some day.