I have taken all of my works in progress off my websites and returned them to my ‘in progress’ folder. If and when they are finished, I will publish them again as a completed work.
I had a few WIPs built up that have been sitting in the back of my mind. I know I need to update them but when I sit down to write, I can’t get any inspiration. And when I want to write something else, all I can think is that I need to finish my WIPs. I have so much that makes me anxious in my everyday life that when my hobbies caused me anxiety as well, it made me shut down and I stopped writing for a long time.
I realised recently that I needed to do something to change this. I don’t deserve to struggle with this and I really, truly love writing, so I hate that this enjoyment has been taken away from me. I am making a lot of positive changes in my life to make myself happy, and this is one of them.
So, I have taken all of my WIPs down and added them to my ‘in progress’ folder. This includes all the fics that I am playing around with and writing as the inspiration strikes. As far as I am concerned, I would like to act like they were never published. If I finish a fic in my ‘in progress’ folder, I will publish it.
Comments, questions or reviews
I get a lot of comments to the effect of ‘when are you going to update this’. I realise that you might think this is an OK thing to say, because you just want an update and want to encourage me to write.
It is not an OK thing to do to an author.
Let me make it very clear – every single time I get a message asking me when I’m going to update/please update this/I want more I feel under pressure, anxious and stressed. It is not a pleasant feeling and I don’t appreciate it. Don’t get me wrong, I like knowing that people enjoy my work, but I would prefer it if your appreciation didn’t include demands.
Please do not ask me any questions about those fics or ask me if/when they will be published or to publish them. Any comments to that nature will be deleted without question and I will not respond.