Sunday, May 1, 2011
Actually, it seems as if both scenarios are correct!
I seem to reach a point in my writing when Writer's Block hits...and it's always in the middle of the book. How can this happen? I've got my basic outline, I know what happens first and how the book will end. AND, I know what SHOULD be in the middle. But staring at the computer screen and wondering, "What do I do now?" always happens....and that can be so depressing.
My muse deserts me. I question my writing skills. I reread what I've written and itch to do endless edits. In fact, that's what I've done in the past...I leave the middle and rewrite the beginning. So...what does that accomplish? A new start for my book, but the dreaded middle will STILL appear to vex me.
Feeling depressed affects my writing ability. Here again, I question my writing skills. I start to wonder if this is what I want to do, am capable of doing. If I'm tired and feeling low because of depression, how can I write? What makes me think I can continue?
Both scenarios happen to me, and for both, I do the same thing...I back away for awhile. There's no point in trying to write, because:
1. I don't like what I write
2. Other things sneak in to distract my attention
3. Soothing my ego is needed
How do you fight depression, writer's block, both?
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Posted by Marianne Stephens at 12:01 AM