Most of you know me well enough to know that I don’t put much stock in writer’s block. The past few months, I have struggling to get anything down on paper. I have always said when you can’t write, it’s your body’s way of saying it’s time to do something else. So I let my word counts continue to dwindle, refusing to admit defeat. I struggled to write much in January, but February I hit a stand still. I didn’t even open my Word document until last week. So I was in a pickle, I either had to admit I had writer’s block or I needed to take a longer break.
I started the month by thinking I just needed a break. Then I came to realize, I wanted to write, but I just couldn’t make the words flow. This a problem I haven’t faced or at least I never acknowledge the problem before. So I admitted defeat, I had writer’s block. This time I thought I would take a different path. I really wanted to get some writing down. I have goals I want to meet, while I know I have already missed my original goal of having Dissonance done by the end of this month, I can still stay on schedule for a late summer release. I started trying to figure out what was stopping me from writing.
Every time I opened my Word document there is that word count at the bottom of screen taunting me with 24,xxx words. It was frustrating knowing that I had written so few words since last November. I was irritated by the knowledge that I was so far from the goal. So between my last post The Fickle Mind of a Writer and realizing my word count mocked me, I decided it was time to change gears.
I decided that the fear of failure was too much. I have heard for some writers it helps to write in a different format; instead of typing they hand write it out. But I’m lazy and my hands cramp quickly while writing, so I put my word document aside and started writing scenes in OneNote. The pesky word count at the bottom of the screen is gone and I stopped worrying about flow. I am just writing disjointed scene after disjointed scene, with plans of puzzle piecing it back together. The meat of the story is in those scenes. I can always go back and work on making them flow together. I am not writing thousands of words a day, but at least I am making progress.
I realized once I admitted I had writer’s block, it was easier to get rid of. Writer’s block isn’t the end of the world, unless you let it be!