Writer’s block is not the question posed by the Insecure Writers Support Group this month.
The suggested question is:
What publishing path are you considering/did you take, and why?
Please follow them and make them feel it’s all worth while!
My writer’s block
I realised the other day that ideas for flash fiction have been few and far between for most of this year. I have stirred myself to produce some ‘specials’. I’ve even worked hard on them, and they’ve mostly been well received – several ‘reached the shortlist’, in fact. I should be feeling encouraged. But I’m not.
It could be that I’m doing too much.
- Writing the last two Princelings books: I have reached the stage where I think I need to write the last one then go back and make sure all the developments that need to go in book 9 are there. That’s a bit complicated, and I need time to think about these things. I need time to concentrate on writing.
- Revising Curved Space to Corsair: I have developed a positive outcome from my editor’s notes, and I’ve mentally rewritten the start. I just haven’t had time to physically write it.
Why do I have time to read the books for blogged book reviews, and to write blog posts, but I haven’t got time to devote to revising my book? Well it could be that time comes in short spurts, and there are timetables to keep to.
Why haven’t I time? I’m busy doing other things, of course… things in the real world with real people, instead of online. Most of the time I prefer doing online things, but then you know I’m an introvert.
Who puts me under these pressures?
I do, of course. Nobody cares much whether I’m producing flash fiction, revising my books or finishing the Princelings series except me. The timetable is my own. I can change it.
Is my writer’s block seasonal?
It’s a funny thing, but this occurred to me as I realised it was the September IWSG post. A few years back I wrote about my depression, and things that set me off. I’ve been working hard at not letting myself be set off into depression by these writer’s block factors. It’s all pressure I heap on myself.
Does it build up at the end of each summer simply because it’s the end of summer? Back to school? Only a few months till Christmas, and then the start of a new year and what have I got to show for it?
I think the answer to all those is ‘yes’ and then, when I really think of it, I have to admit that all these pressures are entirely self-inflicted. It is only me who has these expectations of myself.
There. I’ve admitted it. I can stop. I can allow myself not to write things. I can even stop posting blog posts unless I really want to.
Let’s see how I manage that.
Do you suffer from seasonal writer’s block, and is yours all self-inflicted? Tell all!
Aretha Louise Franklin (1942 –2018) the unforgettable American singer, songwriter, and pianist who was known as the Queen of Soul, gives us some important words to reflect on this week: “Be your own artist, and always be confident in what you’re doing. If you’re not going to be confident, you might as well not be doing it.”