More specifically, let’s talk about MY writer’s block. Here is the definition of writer’s block:
1. the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
Yup, that pretty much sums me up.
Every writer on the planet has suffered from this at some point. I’ve got no advice on how to overcome this. Mine has been crippling at times for the last 10 years. I’m a great writer of rom/com. I’ve been told by anyone who’s read what I’ve written. College professors have given me compliments that made me feel like I might have the potential of a Best Seller. But… that dream is fading. Why? Not because I can’t write, but because my stories don’t flow. They’re SO much work to get them to continue and then when they do I end up with a story that has gone in a direction that it abruptly ends and I’ve no where else to go.
I’ve heard all the sayings…
‘Don’t let the editor in you get in the way of the writer in you.’ – I do this.
‘Just write bad… just get the words on paper and fix it later.’ – I try but… (I have no excuse)
‘Go out into the world and listen, eavesdrop, and write.’ – I live in Montana, the state with the fewest people, and by that I mean the fewest exciting people. They hate Starbucks here… what?
I can’t tell you how many stories I’ve written to 100 pages, and deleted. Over and over and over. At this rate I should have 100 books out. I’m 27 (plus 10) and I’m definitely not getting any younger. If I don’t get this book on paper at some point in the next 20 years I may be one of those 1 hit wonders and that’s not what I want (not that it’s bad, a book is a book). But, I want many books, as a career. (said every writer ever)
I know I’m not the only one who suffers from this. I’ve read all the ‘overcome writer’s block’ articles online. They make me feel not alone in this problem but they’ve never really helped me move past my problem. I’m not looking for pity here…
I’ve tried outlining, clustering, cloud boards, character profiles, borrowing movie ideas, they all fizzle out. I’m a perfectionist in the worst way. I don’t want to ‘copy’ an idea. I want it to be funny and fun and lingering. I want like-able characters that grow through-out the story. I want a beautifully illustrated pastel cover. I know what I want, I just can’t find it.
I blog because I don’t get writers block when I’m writing a 2000 word blog post. And yet, I’m writing. These words actually came out of my mouth the other day to my husband – ‘Maybe I’m not meant to write a book but just support those that can, by blogging.’ The look on his face just about broke my heart, because I’ve been talking about writing a book for over 10 years! And now I all but want to give up.
I get little glimmers of hope that I can do it all over. I actually had an agent contact me telling me that if I ever make time to finish my book, they’d love to read it and chat. I’ve posted pieces of my writings here on my blog so I’m assuming she’s read them and thought it wasn’t complete crap, a good sign. That made me feel great! Until I realized I’m no where close to finishing a complete story.
Write what you know… I try but I always end up with what I don’t know and that stalls me. I’m funny… But, I end up with partial stories that didn’t even make ME laugh. It wasn’t always like this. In college I could whip out a complete short story of 26 pages and the class would roll with laughter and compliment my every sentence, comparing me to Candace Bushnell’s Sex in the City. But… that was 10 years ago and I can’t seem to find that again. Maybe I do need deadlines or an incentive… those are hard to set yourself.
So give me your best advice… hell, give me an idea a deadline, a partner and plot.
What do YOU do to overcome writers block? Comment to me below.
If you have a fabulous idea or a motivating pep talk or you just want to tell me to stop my whining and do it; email me at firstname.lastname@example.org