Thursday, August 31, 2006

I'm Trying, Really I Am...


Writing these past couple of days hasn't been particularly smooth for me. I just can't seem to do it. And what's worse is that I don't think the usual "hump" is the cause.

I think I'm second guessing myself to death. Is the story right? Are the characters being portrayed correctly and well? Am I covering everything I need to cover?

And I know that I need to just do it and then worry about all of that, but I can't seem to stop!

What do I do? How do you deal with feeling unsure of your own writing?


April
PS I just had to laugh because I just realized Coldplay's Scientist is playing on my itunes. And for those who aren't familiar, the chorus is... Nobody said it was easy... No one ever said it would be this hard. How perfect.

Edited to Add: Tommorrow is the launch of the Pink Heart Society Blog. So you should stop by and say hello!

12 comments:

DJ said...

Welcome to the club!

Stacy Dawn said...

Believe me, you aren't alone. Is it a full moon, are the stars misaligned or something...I have no idea why it is so hard this week

Emma Petersen said...

What do I do? How do you deal with feeling unsure of your own writing? I am going through this exact thing right now. I hate my current wip. I'm 1/3 finished and it blows because I know I need to scrape what I have and start over. Good luck.

Emma Sinclair said...

Is Merury in retrograde or something 'cause I'm haviing the same problems.

Although I'm also having the, "My writing is so boring it's putting me to sleep," problem.

Karen Erickson said...

I've had a hard time too, this week. Now that I think back on it, I've done other writing stuff - editing, rereading, revising, etc. but no writing. So how weird is that! We're all having a hard time.

I say walk away from the computer for a couple of nights, relax and it'll probably come back. I can't force myself - it makes me MORE frustrated. :)

Michelle said...

If I can't make my way past a plot point, inevitably it means that I'm off track somewhere. If I can unravel what's wrong, I can go full-steam ahead. Good luck!

Stephanie Bose said...

I've learned to stop and think about my characters.. close my eyes and make sure I am really in their shoes. Do a quick check on my plot, and if I still can't write, jump ahead and write a short scene I know I'll need to write later, anyway.

Remember: you can always go back and add in story linkages or character revelations. Just write.

Shelli Stevens said...

I LOVE Coldplay :)

I second guess myself all the time. But... IMO the best thing is to write through it. You can work with crap, but not a blank page. I know, I say that a lot!

Nicole Reising said...

Hey! Stop worrying! WRITE! Cause no matter how thoroughly you sit and think it all out - I'd be willing to bet you'd still find something afterwards that needs to be in there. So if your stuck on a certain spot - do as Stephanie suggested - I do it too - I have other scenes just waiting to get put down and I write those. Yeah they probably are going to need to be tweaked afterwards because other things will happen changing things but for now... you'll be writing and getting out of that muck!

Have a great weekend!
Cole

Julie S said...

That's funny. I'm actually a functioning writer this week, after a two-week hump. How did I deal with it? I did nothing. Probably not the best strategy, so ignore me.

Olga said...

I put the story aside for a little and revisit other projects. Or I simply skip a chapter and keep going.

Tess Harrison said...

Hang in there! I know exactly how you feel. It'll get better. Maybe not easier... but better.