Wednesday, August 11, 2010

The Case of the Writer Who Does Not Write

I have a confession to make. I haven't written a word in two months. Now, if you've been following this blog for a while, you'll know that I've had a pretty decent reason not to write. I just... haven't felt like it. Plus, my WIP is all kinds of depressing and upsetting, so that doesn't exactly help.

BUT I am going to start writing again this week. This is my promise to you. That means I can't go back on it, right? If I do, I'll have to write a lame blog post full of excuses, and I don't want to have to do that. I'm 40,000 in, and planning to write about 70,000. I know how the story is going to end, and I've even got an idea of some of the scenes I need to write between now and then e.g. 'poignant dad scene' and 'big fight between X and Y'. (N.B. My characters aren't actually called X and Y. They have normal names like normal people.)

So, 30,000 words to go. EASY! I'll start... um... tomorrow. Maybe.


  1. It's understandable Cat but you need to get back on the horse and YOU CAN DO IT!!! ;)

  2. I'm with Lynsey. You can do it. Just one word at a time. Start with a small objective and then slowly build it up. Like if you were training to do the marathon.

    And if that doesn't work, I recommend writing something really different to help you get the flow back. I am writing for 5 - 8s right now and it is so much fun. Very different to what I was writing before and so it feels like a holiday.

    If you need encouragement, you know where I am!

  3. Lynsey and Becky - thank you both! One word at a time is the only way to go.

    I'd love to write something else instead, but the deadline is LOOMING like a great big looming thing.

  4. You can do it!

    I've been in a little bit of a drought too. I hope to end that soon as well.

  5. You know what I think? It's all about habit. Now this is easy for me to say, being a total slack-off while you have an *actual* book about to be published. But I think you just need to rekindle the habit and you will be fine.

    I also think publicly posting about it is a great idea. Now you'll have your online friends on your case. :D