Writers Block might as well be called “Writers Constipation”.
I know, its rather gross an image. But work with me here. All blocked up in every project you’re working on, oh honey you’re just doomed. Forever.
I’m there. Blocked, flowing, blocked, flowing. It’s an on/off relationship with Words.
Friends of mine are taking off by chapters and word counts, and I’m sitting here mournfully, wondering when the right concoction might cause the words to flow again.
After 13 years, SURELY my fantasy world had produced physical evidence in the real world?!
Technically, it has. I have written five books quite successfully that are so poorly executed they will never see light of day. For the best interest of anyone involved.
JP Haldenwang, a good friend of mine, has so sweetly volunteered to read a book I need to rewrite, for the beautiful sake of feedback. Is the plot worth salvaging? What parts should I drop altogether when I start over?
I am successful in my own way, I suppose. My children are fed, clothed, bathed, happy– and my proverbial children are dancing gaily in my head spinning new books ((One of which I am trying to write….)) and stories in my imagination.
Meanwhile, I work on art projects and make maps, beta read, read for reviews. As a Multi-talented artist, and a supportive friend, I seek to help further my successful writer friends in their endeavors!
How wonderful it is to watch their blogs I share be viewed, and shared, knowing they’re getting exposure to the world in whatever tiny faucet I can offer. My following is small compared to the wide world their books are apart of, but every ounce of promotion counts. Who knows how many sales I have helped them receive by sharing their books and faces on my blog!
Perhaps one day, I will finally have my own published book to join theirs.
Meanwhile, it’s the little things that count. Force yourself to write. Start small, keep a commonplace journal, but whatever you do WRITE. And don’t stop when the trickle turns to running water. Let it all out.
It’s not good for your mood, your inner peace, how you view yourself….
Blocks don’t make you a failure. They make you human.
And we are that, dear writer. Humans with evolving emotions. Our minds open and change year after year, experiencing so many new things.
Let the stories grow with you.
We all start somewhere.
“Verbs? Those are what, remind me?”
“Adverbs? I certainly never knowingly acknowledged their existence.”
“What do you mean people don’t talk like that? That’s how it sounded in my head….?”
JUST WRITE. Relish the beautiful thing you did in finishing a book. And then when you go back to read it and edit it, REMIND yourself that it is beautiful, because YOU finished it.
Now perfect and polish it until it gleams. One. Scene. At. A. Time.
We become overwhelmed when we allow the negative thoughts to tarnish our success.
Writing a book is an incredible thing.
Perfecting a book is a difficult, and still incredible thing.
Only YOU can stop YOURSELF from finishing it. So don’t.
Block out all of the noise around you, and tell your story. It is worth telling.