I've been doing some more thinking about my creative processes; this has all been spurned on by my attempts to come up with a submission to Machine of Death Volume 2. Basically, at what point do you stop kidding yourself and stop trying to be a creative fiction writer?
I have the work ethic to maintain a decent blog, and occasional guest posts on another, but that seems to be the extent of the writing that comes relatively effortlessly. I am usually pleased with the outcome of my "articles", but often I find myself questioning my writing when it comes to fiction. I know this is "normal", but I find it hard to come up with original ideas and actually see them through to the end.
So, do I tell myself, "stick to what you can actually do" and stop trying to write fiction? No, I don't think so. I'm stubborn. What I SHOULD do is go back to the basics. Stop trying to write anything complicated and just write. You know, this post is actually sounding a lot like one I just wrote a few weeks ago.
But sometimes I need to express these thoughts over and over so that they sink in. I still plan on putting together a submission for Machine of Death 2, but it's going to be something simple and manageable. I will be disappointed if it doesn't make the cut for published stories (there are already AT LEAST 30 submissions after all), but I will nevertheless hope for the best.
Wish me luck! Oh, and if you're a writer reading this: submit something to MOD2. I'm really looking forward to what everyone comes up with for round 2.