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Is writing a series of unfinished tales a decent idea?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 3:09 pm
by sjones009
Since Its so hard for me to finish writing a story after the second act, what if I make a bunch of short stories that end wherever I got stuck? I have a lot of stories that I could never complete because I would have difficulty with plot or character development. I can make a series out of my many manuscripts that were never completed. I plan on making them into animated comic books you can watch online. My question is, do you see how an idea like this might not work down the line? Im going to do this anyway but the idea seems so odd to me i feel a bit skeptical about it. So im asking people what they think.

Re: Is writing a series of unfinished tales a decent idea?

PostPosted: Tue Apr 11, 2017 4:52 pm
by ostarella
Who would want to read unfinished stories? Why would anyone want to read them? Unless it's the last unfinished ms from a famed/beloved and dead author, I can't see that being very successful.

Maybe instead of deciding you can't finish anything, you need to choose a story and take it to the end. Good, bad, or indifferent, finish it. Then take the next one and finish that. Develop the habit of finishing. It's the first step in developing the discipline needed to be a writer.

Re: Is writing a series of unfinished tales a decent idea?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 6:40 pm
by sjones009

Re: Is writing a series of unfinished tales a decent idea?

PostPosted: Wed Apr 12, 2017 7:27 pm
by pls
I'm getting the distinct feeling that you don't really know what a short story is, and I'd strongly suggest that you find some examples of flash fiction as well as longer fiction to study - perhaps not the 100 examples that I usually recommend to beginners but enough to get a good feeling for what constitutes a complete short story, a piece of art in itself.