When creating some of the fiction stories I write for prompts and online contests (I’m not sure contests is the appropriate word) like Yeah Write and Grammar Gargoyle, I have this imposed word limit that I have to keep. 42, 66, 500 plus or minus a hundred, 750.. these are the word limits that I am constrained by.
The funny thing is.. there are times I get done writing for the prompt and I edited the story down to the required limit, that I feel like there is so much more to tell. One of my micro-fiction stories is really nothing more then a set up to something much greater. A flash fiction work that I posted yesterday felt crammed and crushed. Something inside of me tells me I should go back and flesh those stories out, expand upon them, give them the attention and freedom to grow that they deserve.
BUT…(come on, you knew there would be a but)
I struggle to pick the story up again because I am done with it. I wrestle with this inner thought that I have already put that story to bed, so what’s the point in picking it back up. The other side says to me, “Because you are not done. There is so much more to tell. In such a better way.” Some of the comments that my readers leave also encourage me to pick it up again and finish it.
So, I’m left with this gnawing. Feeling it’s incomplete but at the same time.. complete.
I’m curious if any of my writer friends ever have this issue. What do you do about it? How do you get back into the groove and finish what is already finished?
It also begs the question as to whether writing for prompts is a bad thing.. at least, it has for me.
So.. feel free to leave me your comments, I could use a little bit of direction and help with this one.
Is this thing still on?