Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Writer's Block

How do you finish a novel that you've been working on for three years already?

Sometimes I want to give in to the idea of writer's block.
It would be a good excuse.
But writer's block doesn't exist.
Instead I have to admit that Facebook has just captured my attention for far too long.
Me and BettyLou!
That I've been so excited about Christmas that I've been thinking about what presents I can give instead of what scenes I can write.
I've been playing my new bass, BettyLou, and wishing I were brave enough to take voice lessons.
My creativity doesn't just turn off and refuse to work--that's not how imaginations are.
I've just let myself get so busy and distracted that I don't make the time to let my creativeness out into the world and on the page.

Remember that goal I had of 15,000 extra words by the end of the month? Well, I haven't got a lot of days left until then!

So, it's time to kick into gear and to write my heart away. No excuses this time.

Butt In Chair is the cure to "writer's block" and I'm pulling it out of my medicine cabinet today.

Write on!

8 comments:

  1. I didn't know you play bass now...that's so awesome!!!!!

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    1. Yeah! It's a recent thing...like last week kind of recent :)

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  2. are you going to use a bow, or just pluck the strings? The hardest part of writers block is deciding what you want to happen, and how to end it. You can decide whenever you want, I like to do a lot of my decision making when I go to bed, and start thinking about my stories when I try to sleep, and hope that I will dream on :)

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    1. I'm learning plucking right now, but I'd like to learn to use the bow too...We'll see how it goes.
      And I agree that the hardest part is deciding what you want to happen and how to end it, but that's not writer's block. That's just indecision. When I did my NaNoWriMo book I (thought I) learned that if you sit there trying to make a decision instead of writing out the first thing that comes to mind then you'll sit there all day. I'm trying to give myself room to just write anything I think up and not worry if it's perfect or right, because once I get going on something (even a crummy idea) then by the end of my writing session I've got something else I can actually work with.

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  3. I finished my book three years ago too but the revisions do take time. Don't hurry. Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. Thanks! I keep trying to tell myself to slow down, but at the same time right now is when I have the time to write so I feel a small sense of urgency. I'm learning to set goals though. And even if I don't reach them, I tend to get a little more done as I try. Thanks for visiting mine, too!

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  4. It is totally a process, but what I tell myself when I find myself *Ahem distracted...yes social media can be an addiction, is tell myself to stop fuffing around. And that word. Fuffing is so weird to my ears, it repeats and finally I say, "Okay, I'll stop fuffing around." Gets me right back on track every time. Best wishes...it'll happen. Cheers!

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    1. Fuffing?? Ha ha. I think I'll start using that! Thanks for the comment!

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