When in doubt, glue yourself to the chair, your hands to the keyboard, and do not move again until something is done.
This story will be finished at 3pm. Or. Else.
Well, two paragraphs has become four pages.....and I stalled.
Will keep plugging at it, though. Hoping to post it by the end of the week!
Keep writing, all :) We'll get there eventually!
If there's one thing I find more frustrating than editing a piece of work, it's not being able to write a work at all. I'm sure every author out there has experienced it: the dreaded Writer's Block. The bane of all our existence, always hovering in the wings, and just waiting to assault the floundering writer. Grrr.
Writer's Block shows up in many ways--for some, it's plain lack-of-inspiration. For others, it's procrastination (the ideas are there, but lacking the energy/focus/willpower to sit and write them down). For still others, it's my all-time favorite 'hampered by perfectionism' writer's block. You think, you write, and you promptly delete everything you wrote down because 'ugh! it's horrible! No one will ever want to read it!'
I think I'm currently suffering WB form 1--lack of inspiration. Partly due to family and personal stuff, partly due to flat-out exhaustion, the story mill has not been grinding out its usual crop. I've been staring at a blank page for the past few days, willing myself to write something--anything!--down, just to get the water flowing again.
I think that's really the best thing a person can do when suffering writer's block--like with running, when you get a stitch, you have to just sort of plow through the pain. Writer's must plow through the writer's block! It's not easy--actually, sometimes it downright stinks--but writing, even if it's just paragraphs of nonsense, character profiles, or random notes in your journal, will keep the brain active and creative, and eventually you'll find the inspiration, patience, and determination to write again.
This morning, I finally managed to sort of bust through my Writer's Block wall. It's only 2 paragraphs right now, but its something!! Once it's finished, I'll post it to be read. I just hope this is the end of WB for me for the summer :P
Have a good day, everyone!
I am currently in the process of revising and rewriting a piece of short fiction I wrote this past spring.
I freely admit to being a fairly bad editor of my own work. Spelling, grammar, bad sentences structure, and those technical things are not the problem--I'm a bit of a grammar Nazi, actually! No, my problem lies in my crippling inability to delete things. I really don't enjoy deleting whole sections of my story because they 'don't work'. Well, I always tell myself, I could add something here, tweak something there, and then it might!
Yes, but then it's a million times longer, and becoming redundant.
This short story is turning out to be an exercise in slashing whole pages of text. The original draft was somewhere around 9,000 words. After I was done pruning, it was down to about 3,000, the scene order was completely changed, and I no longer had an ending. I am now at 4,469 words, and have almost completed my new ending. Thus far, I am pretty pleased.
Who knew wielding the proverbial axe could be so much fun?
Two of my short fictions, which I have posted here. This is where you will find my short fiction, as it goes up.
The Baltimore Review
Calling all writers--they are looking both for general and contest submissions!
Have a lovely day, everyone!