The last two days, writing has felt like a slog through treacle. What? I’ve been listening to a book set in London, by a British author. Why do you ask? Fine.
The last two days, writing has felt like a slog through molasses. Better?
I’ve made some progress on my outline. I’m up to beat 4 out of 15. I’ve outlined approximately 7 scenes. I’ve written an entire sentence. I’m not a firm believer in writer’s block as in I don’t believe that for some mysterious reason I just
How can I say that after two days with very little progress? Because I don’t think the cause is mysterious. I just need to figure out what it is and for me personally it tends to be one of these three things.
I’m Not Ready to Write
Sometimes I just can’t get going because I’m not ready to write yet. I want to write. Writing, after all, is a lot more fun than organizing and outlining, but I’m just not ready to go. Sometimes it means that I need to do more research. Other times I need to get to know a character better. Still other times I need to noodle things over and decide where this piece is going.
This time? I suspect I need to spend more time with my character. I’m getting to know her as I work on the outline. By the time I get that done, I should be ready to write.
Sometimes I try to take a piece in the wrong direction. It may be the direction shown in the outline. Or I may have decided that I have a brillian new idea. The problem is that it really isn’t brilliant and really isn’t working. I’ve written myself into a corner and need to back out and try again.
Last but not least, the project may not be the problem. It may simply be that I’ve been pushing my writing limits or my physical limits and need to recharge.
This time? I do think this may be part of my problem. It isn’t my writing limits but I haven’t slept well the last two days. I good nights sleep will likely make a great deal of difference.
If you are having troubles writing, don’t just throw up your hands in surrender to writer’s block. Instead try to figure out what is causing it so that you can get moving again.