I’m having a rough writing day.
Even though I know I don’t write linear I struggle to acknowledge that fact when writing. Stubborn as I am I start at chapter one, moving on to chapter two and almost always into what I call “ stuckness”.
This ugly non-existing word means I’m stuck in the story, whilst I know I have to write something further down the line to figure out how the story works, but can’t make myself do it, because I want to follow THE RULES, and go from A to Z in a straight line.
Why do I do this? I’m scared I won’t finish the story. I’m scared it will suck no matter how many rewrites I throw at it. Mostly I’m afraid I can’t do it. I’m also scared the story is too big for my brain to handle, and yet too simple to ever appeal to a reader. I’m scared I’m wasting time. The fear of writing also includes the following fears:
- Not being original enough
- Not knowing enough words
- I write too much Dialogue
- I’m terrible at Dialogue
- I don’t write enough Dialogue (you see what I’m doing here right?)
- My settings/descriptions suck
- Big time
- Every word I write is boring
- I am so slooooooow, by the time I reach “the End” a century will have passed and all words are irrelevant
Conclusion: Writing is scary sometimes
My remedy for this looming feeling of dread near a keyboard is not writing on the story.
I tinker on a blurb, twitter pitch lines or the query letter instead. The fear will shrink and slowly I will add words to paper. (some days I just end up with a handful of blurb lines or sixteen different queries). The plus side is it helps me understand the story better.
My favorite pitch of today so far:
YA THE BLACKLIST with magic. 17 year old Jenya Olivier is the Messenger of Crime. Signed, sealed, delivered. You’re dead. (needs to be said Stevie Wonder Style of course).
Tweeting that one.