Short Story #14

This story will speak for itself and most writers will understand. I am the biggest culprit and thus why I haven’t written my book yet. If I keep going, maybe I can make it an anthology of shorts to start with. It isn’t that I don’t have ideas, just that I get new ones and that gooey monster of self-doubt bogs me down and I get… nowhere. Hope if you write it is going well for you and if you’re just here to read you’re enjoying it. I’m loving the writing. Have a stunning day that holds a little treasure or two for you.

The Battle
Get out of the way!
There is a lot of work to be done and all she does is put obstacles in my way. We could be so productive if she’d just stop or start.
Focus man!
The number of times she wanders off on a tangent is astronomical. I’m surprised anything gets done at all. Well does it? I’ve got to think about this. What have we actually finished? There is that story about the motorcyclist who finds her brother… Nope, that is sitting in the drawer unedited.
I know. The short story about the teen falling in love for the first time with a boy at school. There are a few notes scribbled on that one, in one of the million notebooks lying around on this desk.
Stop! Just scribble the idea down and carry on with the one you were busy with.
She needs to get organized. I don’t know if I can carry on like this – notebooks full of ideas all over the place. She can’t even remember what some of the stuff is about. It is a mix of poetry, shorts, flash fiction and novel or novella ideas and excepts, and competition entries. The problem is she doesn’t know which is which.
That is a brilliant idea. No! Don’t shut it down, you haven’t tried. I can promise you there are a few people that would love to read that. It doesn’t matter how many or how few. Don’t make it about the money, just write it. You’re going to be ‘wasting’ the time anyway, so do it and let them decide if it’s good or bad, and then just ‘waste’ some more time making more, like Andy Warhol** said.
Do you see how difficult my job is? It is a constant battle. How do I get her to listen to me when that other guys voice is so much louder? I wish I could find the people that made her believe she wasn’t important enough to have a voice or to use it. I’d show them the amazing things I see here in her mind. Back to work to convince her to get it out there. It is wasted on me alone, and it is her purpose, so I’d better not fail.

by Debbie Gravett © 2020.12.08

Image by Steve Johnson from Pixabay

**    “Don’t think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”

― Andy Warhol

2 thoughts on “Short Story #14

  1. I definitely have trouble finishing stories – I have a book that I am working on (started in January) and have been slowly chugging along with the plot. I have hit a road block with a section of it and haven’t picked it up in about a month or so. I know I really want to keep going but something is holding me back (“the gooey monster of self doubt” most likely). Thank you for writing such a relatable and creative piece 🙂

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    1. Thanks. I am trying to learn the art of just writing and stopping all this self-censoring. Pushing through and vomiting onto the page and then seeing what I have – it is better than a blank page after all.

      Good luck with the book and silencing the “I can’t do it” voice and cranking up the “I’ve got this, I can do anything” one.

      Have an amazingly creative day that fills your heart with joy.

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