The Writing Blahs
Every writer is different but I think, at some point, most of us have felt we're writing garbage. Absolute drivel.
I've felt that.
The temptation is to stop writing. No one likes writing crap (or what you feel is crap, sometimes it's not).
Being honest, I have to admit that occasionally, in the past, I have stopped writing. Here are some of the excuses I've used:
- I need to read because the second rule of writing is "Writer's read (critically)".
- I need to do research on the Internet.
- I need to tidy my desk so I'll be more productive.
But what happens is that I waste a half hour, or an hour, doing something that isn't writing.
Most of the time, though, if I feel I'm writing crap, I keep writing. I keep writing because, if I don't, there is zero chance I won't write crap.
No writing = No good writing
Besides, often, I just need to push through the whispers (or shouts) in my head telling me I'm a fraud, my writing is crap, no one will buy it, I'm deluding myself.
As I write, these voices fall away, or I forget about them. A new world unfurls around me and exploring it becomes more interesting than self-flagellation.
And I write words that don't totally suck.
When this happens a few times--this process of ignoring the voices, of proving them wrong--the voices become less strident, less credible.
I think the voices will always be there, just as there will always be someone who doesn't like what I write. But that's okay. The important thing is that I'm a writer and that I write.
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I'm not sure where that came from! Over the past week I watched the first season of Girls and most of the second, so maybe I felt it was time to do a personal essay. (Hannah, the main character, writes essays.)
Now I'm wondering if watching Girls was procrastination but, no, writers are allowed downtime. Something is only procrastination if I do it during the time I've set aside for writing. Writers needs lives or we wouldn't have anything to write about!
Did I really just use watching Girls as an example of my having a life? Wow. I need to get out today. (grin)
Before I go, let me leave you with a fantastic writing link I just discovered. Someone emailed this to me, but the link is public so I'm passing it along:
The Thirteen Weeks Novel Writing Program
I'll talk about that more later, I wanted to share it with you now because it looked like a fabulous read.
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Photo credit: "A Case of The Rainy Day Blahs" by D Sharon Pruitt at Pink Sherbet Photography under Creative Commons Attribution 2.0.