“Unfinished Writing Syndrome”

It’s confession time. I’m coming to realize I have a disturbing writing habit. If you’re a writer, maybe you do too. I call it my “Unfinished Writing Syndrome.”  I have many good and promising picture books and middle grade novel manuscripts that I’ve started, and haven’t finished.

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I no longer work on one to revise it, when I find I’m already thinking about the one I’m not working on. I can’t say I’m happy about this one bit. It’s frustrating, irritating, and downright unproductive at times. It’s all a matter of focus, or lack thereof at this time.

Everyone’s writing process is different. I only hope this isn’t mine forever. There are better ways, and I’m going to go create one for myself. After all, we are in control of our own writing-self.

Your input:  Do you have “Unfinished Writing Syndrome,” or perhaps another “writing condition?”


  1. I do have unfinished, but simply because I started them, and didn’t have the time to finish them. My main focus was on my middle grade, but when I got an idea for an adult story I ran with it. The place I’m submitting it too closes to unagented in September so that why it got pushed up. So it’s not by choice, but chance.

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    • I’m constantly doing that, Marcia! I’m trying to balance revising and rewriting several manuscripts at once. Probably not the best thing to do, but I can’t seem to help myself. lol I’m glad you’re pursuing your manuscripts as well. After all, they are our “babies.” 🙂

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