Writer's Block by writerwannabe
Everyone, make that every writer, suffers from the infamous ailment known as 'writer's block'. It's true; distasteful as it is to admit it. I'm smack in the middle of the worst case of writer's block imaginable. The timing of this catastrophe sucks, too.
I'm three-quarters through the second book of a trilogy. I am long past the deadline to get the beta-read draft to my copy editor and she's not a happy camper. Missing our agreed upon deadline, though not a contractual suspense, is bad; worse, however, is the fact that I'm also six months late in publishing the danged thing.
I've always admired nashvillebecker's writing skills. I've really (and truly) admired his determination. No, make that discipline. His discipline is extraordinary. Not only has he never missed a suspense (at least none that I can recall), he does what he says he'll do...consistently...without fail. That's admirable. Hell, that's god-like!
Last February (I think it was last February) he initiated a resurgence of sorts - a revival call to some of the 'ancient ones' (we called ourselves). Several of us heeded the call and, full of vim and vigor and the chance to collaborate with some of SM's best writer's, we 'signed on' (again). I think Nash is the only one sticking to his pledge to write at least one chapter each month throughout 2012. That's admirable and yep, god-like.
I couldn't do it. In fact, I didn't even make it a month! Now, I'm paying for it with the worst case of writer's block - ever!
I never suffered writer's block when I was writing regularly on SM. Never. Not a single day. I was always full of fresh ideas. Reading the stories here, collaborating with other writers, was good for the soul and kept the writing blood flowing like the finest of wines. So, why did I drop off of SM?
Long story, but the typical answer is - 'life got in the way'. You know - family, a full time job, trying to finish my first novel, moving from one town to another, etc, etc...et al. Big mistake.
I don't have nearly the discipline of Nash, but I'm going to do my best to match his one chapter a month for the rest of the year. If I manage that, I'll extend it another year.
I'm hoping to cure my writer's block and writing here was fun, it was liberating and...I really need to finish the second book.
I'm thinking this'll - 'git 'er done'.
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