Posts tagged ‘writer’s block’

STRUGGLING TO GET IT WRITE: EGO BLOCK – GETTING IT PERFECT

I once enjoyed writing a great deal more than I do now. Back then it was an escape from my ‘real job’. In the course of my current career, I may have developed a new type of ‘writer’s block’.
Leave it to me.
What I have managed to develop is a real fear of the rewrite. I have no problem developing ideas or writing the first draft. But when it comes to the editing process, I have an overwhelming desire to get it perfect, whatever that means.
I do a demented dance around the story or novel requiring the dreaded rewrite. I find anything to do that will keep me from that effort, root canal – bring it on. I’ll get to the rewrite later. Anything to keep me from getting my ass in the chair and getting to my work.
One of my favorite pastimes is reading. I can’t get enough. I find that now, as a writer, I closely examine the work I’m reading and find flaws that I see which I’m sure I would not if I wasn’t involved in the profession. I find errors in plot, or needless asides and descriptions bringing nothing to the story. In some cases slowing it down. Overwriting in authors far more successful than I will ever be. Sometimes lack of explanation which would enhance the plot where more detail would be beneficial. Yet, despite the fact that I see these faults I believe in being painfully honest. My work does not approach the quality of what I find lacking.
My work tends to be more of an outline, not offering enough detail to draw the reader into the world I am trying to create.
Okay, that’s off my chest. Time to silly-glue my ass to the chair and hope for the best. Time for the rewrite.
Wish me luck.

June 16, 2014 at 6:14 pm 2 comments

THE STRUGGLE TO GET IT WRITE: A NEW SERIES

 

Is that a clever use of the homophone, or what?

 

In this new series, I hope to engage writers who follow my blog or anyone else who has an interest in the art of writing, about questions and problems I’m having about my writing and observations I have made in my reading of work by successful writers.

Recently, I’ve run into some new kind of block.  It’s not writer’s block; to be honest I don’t know what the hell kind of block it is.  Leave it to me to be on the forefront of a new problem for writers.  But I’m having a real problem getting my butt to sit down and write.  Story ideas, no problem there.  I’m constantly taking notes on what my bizarre brain produces, but that’s about as far as it gets.

I’ll discuss some specific problems and some writing insights in the pieces that follow, and if any of you out there can lend advice, I’m all ears.

May 22, 2014 at 7:26 pm 1 comment


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