The protagonist of the book, Edgar Freemantle, is “unbottling.”
Having survived a terrible accident, Edgar moves to Florida where he takes up painting and discovers an untapped talent. He is also quite prolific producing 40 paintings in a month, a feat unheard of, especially when the quality of his work is equally remarkable. According to one of the characters, Edgar is painting up such a frenzy because he came to his art later in life and is now unbottling, or releasing what’s been locked up for so long.
That got me thinking. Maybe that’s what I’ve been doing. I came to writing later in life and have so much inside, trying to escape. Ideas good and bad, that need release.
So rather than chide myself for being scattered (I’ve often said I have writer’s ADD), I’m going to embrace this “unbottling” and let it happen.
However, even with permission to let the ideas come and follow them blindly, I still need to complete a project. This is something I have been struggling with. I have completed one very long novel with 3 others in various stages of development. I have also written a few short stories. Then it hit me. Write short.
What do I mean by that? Simply this. If the idea of writing a novel is overwhelming, then set out to write a short story. I’ve learned that it is much easier to keep the focus when writing a short story. And I’ve also discovered that it is very easy to expand one.
I hope this idea can help you meet your goals. Until next time, write short!