The alternate title to this post would be: Five ways Here Comes The Son surprised me while writing it.
‘Writing is hard’ is accurate as fuck, though.
1. Level of Difficulty.
Of all the novels I’ve written, Here Comes The Son, is at the top of the list for being the most difficult. I struggled. My publisher had to push my editing deadline multiple times. I hit writer’s block for the first time, really, in my writing career. I loved the story, the characters, the city…everything, but I still had to fight for each word.
2. Side Characters.
I hadn’t actually intended the cast of characters in the story to become so large and varied.
3. The Bad Peeps.
I’ve done a lot of varied and interest researching for my books. Here Comes The Son probably stretched my googling skills to the max.
5. The Ending.
This actually coincides with the first on this list. The ending changed a bit over the course of writing the novel. In fact, at one point, I almost gave up on trying to put it together.
I’m glad I didn’t.
I adore Iggy and Lalo.
And their story.
I had plans this weekend. Plans to make at least 8k in progress on The Wanderer. How much did I get written this weekend? Not even 1k.
So here’s what I learned this weekend:
- My muse/brain has limits I should respect.
- Taking time to rest is a necessary evil.
- Forced writing doesn’t work for me.
- My muse is a toddler who requires occasional naps.
- I can binge-watch Downton Abbey with an impressive amount of dedication. =)
The good news? After a word drought for several days, I picked up a pen last night and managed to eek out several hundred words. So not writer’s block, just writer’s exhaustion after rushing through finishing two 30k novellas.
Do you remember to take breaks to rest yourself as a writer?
Maybe it’s the slow churning in your stomach when your mind goes blank. Or perhaps the inability to cease fidgeting at your desk, or maybe you can’t avoid goofing off on Pinterest for hours at a time. Or…do you simple stare blankly at a flickering cursor on an empty word document, typing and erasing the same words over and over?
Writer’s Block comes in a few different shapes and sizes. Some authors never experience it others struggle with it on a daily basis to some degree or other.
So what’s the best way to deal with Writer’s Block?
I have no blood clue.
But you could try:
- Changing POVs: I’ve been amazed at how a difficult chapter has turned around simply by changing the perspective in it.
- Avoid the internet: We tend to have the attention span of a gnat most days as authors. So try to avoid Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. You’ll thank me.
- Remove distractions: For me? My Kindle and phone have to be FAR away from me, along with my Xbox controller or I’ll be tempted to do something other than writing.
- Skip ahead in the story: Chapter four not working out? Write chapter five or six.
- Drown your sorrows in chocolate…or booze. Or both?
So, do you experience Writer’s Block? If so, how do you break through the wall?
I am in the love/hate phase of writing Natasha. I’m in love with her and the characters and the story.
I hate being on the very precipice of the epic ‘insert thing I can’t tell you about’. And I’d prefer to be on the other side of the ‘spoiler.’ =)
Writing is such hard work.
Someone share something funny with me. I could use a laugh.