One of the TV shows I watch with both horror and fascination is Hoarders. The horror is that I could, some day, find myself buried beneath ‘stuff’, lost like that family in the corn maze. The fascination comes from my train-wreck mentality. I simply cannot not watch. I don’t really fear becoming a hoarder, but I do get overwhelmed by clutter. You know, the stuff that gets moved from its shelf to the dining table, from the closet to end up draped over a chair.
What does this have to do with writing? I love to use metaphor in my writing. And as I look around my apartment and am overwhelmed by the growing clutter, the feeling resonates with where I am in my writing just now. I have four manuscripts racing toward some invisible finish line. At any given time, there are at least seven characters hanging out in my living room, telling their stories to one another and to me. It’s like one of those parties you go to where you can find a new conversation just by moving over a few feet. A cacophony of voices clamoring to be heard.
Still, I manage to write, but I find I have to keep clearing away the clutter. I’ve always enjoyed the fact that I never have writer’s block. I can always write something, and I’m usually writing a couple of books at the same time. I will admit, however, that tackling four projects at once may be a bit ambitious. Okay, okay. It’s insane. My works-in-progress file is becoming an over-crowded closet in which I can never find the one thing for which I am searching.
So, what am I going to do about this dilemma? First thing in the morning, I’m tidying up the apartment. With the physical distraction of all that out-of-place stuff gone, I’m going to focus on driving one manuscript toward the finish line.
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