I have a confession: I’m in a stalemate with my current project. Every time I sit down to write, I can’t seem to get into the groove.
My characters sound like they’re verbally constipated.
My descriptions have lost their senses.
My attitude is leaning toward obligation rather than passion.
Sometimes, writing is this way. We can’t get around it. There are times when we stare at our project and want to walk away and just start something new in order to avoid this feeling all together.
(Which I would never do… or maybe I’ve already done just that? Temporarily, of course.)
But if we never finish the project, we will never continue down the road of “success” as authors. And that road is paved differently for everyone.
Have you ever heard the song “Paperback Writer” by The Beatles? I’m pretty terrible with my music knowledge, but my dad used to play it for me nonstop because he was certain it was my future.
At least, to be a writer.
I don’t think he meant that I was going to be begging to sell my soul with the rights to my book to make a million overnight. Which isn’t entirely the point of my song, but you catch my drift.
The point is, sometimes you have to accept the mood you’re in and find a way to push through. It’s hardest to take my own advice, but if I don’t I’m going to end up like the song– just wishing and thinking I’ll add more in a week or two, never reaching the end of the manuscript and wasting my dreams away.
Yikes. That sounded like a TERRIBLE rain cloud.
This is why I’m blogging right now instead of writing. Because I have no idea where my characters are. I know the story, but man…my poor MC is going through hell and I just don’t think I’m doing her justice.
Now I’m word vomiting while my characters sound stuck.
I think I’ll stop here and leave you wondering….
I started a new project, plotted another, and now I’m back to working on the WIP. Sometimes, you have to empty your mind of what you see as distractions in order to get back to where you are really needed.
The life of the writer. Sometimes, it sounds more like a psychiatrist (er, or psychopath?) than anything else.