Writing

Have you ever had one of those days, when you’re writing, where everything you write onto the page seems blocky or lengthy and, no matter how hard you try, the sentences you attempt to connect never seem to flow properly?

Well, I think I’m having one of those days.

I have a feeling everyone has had one day of absolute mental blockage every once in awhile. It’s not the question of whether we have it as much as it is the question of what we do with it. I think I have my answer to this question,  the answer of which I derived from the Reader’s Digest.

I was reading an article in the Reader’s Digest recently which was entitled “Inspiration V.S. Perspiration”. Unlike many of the articles in the book, which I skipped over, I read this one from top to bottom, and found that it described my problem very well.

It turns out that this “problem” is not as big as we usually think it is. At least, that’s what the author of the article thinks. He contradicts “inspiration” with “perspiration”, the inspiration being the days when words flow effortlessly from our fingertips to the page and the perspiration representing the days when every sentence is like a mile of a journey in the rain: soggy, hopeless, miserable, with no thought of respite any time soon. 

Well, I guess the point of this post was to let everyone know that it isn’t that bad to have a perspiration day. Even though I hate them and wish all of my days were inspiration ones, writing would be an easy experience if we didn’t have the hindrances to keep us on our toes. And writing, by no means, is an easy experience, but it’s one that is amazaing to undergo, even if it can be a little annoying every now and again.

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Writer’s Block

Writer’s block. The scourge of any author since the dawn of time, and one of those pesky annoyances you just can’t figure out how to get rid of. I am no exception… As a matter of fact, I probably get it more often than others do… In this post I’ll try to explain what I think writer’s block really is… and maybe even why it’s caused…

Writer’s block, I believe, is not a temporary incapability to write well… In my general opinion I believe it to be an obstacle which prevents the successful organization of one’s thoughts so that that individual’s ideas can be put down onto the page… In other words, the individual stricken with writer’s block has a hard time sifting through their thoughts and getting them ordered up correctly, which results in chaos in the writer’s mind and leads to that writer getting only a meager number of words written down before giving up for a while. It’s happened to me more often than not… Some sessions of writing I get a plethora of words down, but sometimes I receive just the opposite.

So why does writer’s block come about? Why do our ideas get cluttered in our mind? Is it because we are thinking too much or too little, or is it that our other activities and doings in the world bring so many thoughts into our head that our brain just can’t get them organized very quickly so we can access them without much trouble? I personally think it is the latter… Sometimes our brain just needs a break for awhile, especially after doing innumerous activities for a long period of time… When we intake so many things into our brain, it is simply impossible for our mind to immediately order our thoughts into rank and file… Thus the reason why writer’s block is only temporary… Eventually everything gets set properly into place and our ideas start to flow smoothly onto the page once again.

It’s only an observation, of course. I am, in no way, suggesting that this is the definition for writer’s block…  But, being a constant sufferer of this plague of the mind, I figured I may as well get something posted about it…

A Recent Discovery

I was writing recently on my current story and suddenly chanced upon something I hadn’t expected… A trait in a character I didn’t know was there, and frankly, was not sure I wanted to see in that particular person. It came out so unexpectedly that I immediately wasn’t sure if I wanted it there or not. But I thought on it and I came up with this… Let that character grow. Sometimes they have to be shifted to fit your liking, but I think your story will breathe a little more if you give them a little elbow space. This is the first time, however, that I think I’ve ever had a character swerve in a different direction than I had intended. The result? I was surprised by a character I thought I knew.