Monday, January 10, 2011
Ah well. Here's hoping I don't get stuck on the way home.
Which brings me to the topic of today's oh-so-informative blog post: getting stuck in your writing.
I am very near the end of my novel, but the last two days, the writing has been akin to pulling teeth (speaking of, I just went to the dentist today and I need three crowns...three!). I managed to rattle off 2,000 words or so, but I wasn't confident in them. The thing is, I know how my story ends - I just have to tie everything together. Am I worried that I can't do it? Possibly. Am I worried that I'll destroy the entire novel by writing a terrible ending? Probably.
My husband asked me why I was in a foul mood and I said, "I can't write." For a writer, there's really nothing worse - especially when the end of the novel is in sight. Everything around me turns a shade of grey and I mope around the house, eat too much chocolate, and spend too much time thinking about why I can't write.
In short, I'm stuck.
I don't know if what I'm doing is the answer to this - I've just forced myself to write, hoping that if I at least get stuff down, I can fix it later. Maybe I shouldn't force it, give my brain a rest from thinking about it, and return to it a few days later.
But a few days may lead to a few weeks and so on. I don't want that.
I plan to try and write some more tonight. My strategy? Don't think. Just write.
We'll see if it works.
What do you do when you're stuck?