I've got about half a dozen stories in progress, most in various stages of revision. Trouble is, I can't seem to commit to any of them.
There's the one I wanted to submit to the New England Crimebake contest, but lost so much time during the 3-day power outage last week that I don't think it will be done in time (April 30). There's the one I want to submit to Mr. Bagley's anthology. A few others that I dusted off from when I wrote them years ago, and the two zombie short stories that need overhauling.
I can't figure out why I can't commit. It's not that I'm afraid to work on them. I know exactly what they need and I know how to accomplish that. Maybe it's because there are too many in similar stages, but I don't think so. Neither do I think it's because my novel is not quite done (I normally have trouble with new projects until old ones are done, but that's never affected my short fiction).
Has anyone else ever encountered this? What did you do about it? I know the short answer - pick one. Finish it. Then pick another and finish that. And so on down the line.
But which one?