Thursday, April 15, 2010

Take That, Writer's Block

OK, so it's no secret that for the past couple of weeks I've been finding it difficult to write. But I've struggled through anyway, and low and behold, almost 2,000 words of new novel (potentially). Some of the words are actually spelled correctly and are in the right order too. So I'm feeling slightly better about life right now, which is a good thing.
I don't really believe in "writer's block". By that, I mean, I don't think that there is this sudden mysterious cloud of nothingness that descends upon your creative mind without warning, without provocation to scupper your writing plans. I mean, that can happen, that creative blank, but the causes of it are usually easy to trace - stress, illness, anxiety, all that stuff. And it soon goes away if you tackle the symptoms, or if you can learn to work around or even with them. So that's what I'm doing at the moment, even though I'm still anxious about the possibility of failed ambitions, blah blah blah. I know I'll get over that, and as soon as I do, I'll hopefully have a few more thousand words under my belt to prove myself good.
Election time soon. Although I don't consider myself to be a political person, I do actually care who runs the country and have always voted. I am reading up on manifestos, and will be watching the debate tonight in a bid to make the most educated decision I can, rather than pick the person who looks best on the telly.


Eric W. Trant said...

Congrats on 2kw, Lucy! I'm still in the concept phase of my next piece. I'm still trying to figure if this is even worth writing.

Ugh. I much prefer writing over plotting, theorizing, thinking, and planning. Keep us informed on your progress!

- Eric

Lucy Ann Wade said...

My advice - don't worry, just make a start. It becomes pretty clear 1000 - 2000 words down the line whether the story is worth it or not, I always find!

Thanks for reading.