When writing feels like I’m pulling my own teeth out…

I took a stab at my WIP today. It was painful. After finally figuring out which version of the many I have saved in various places on my computer was the most up to date version, re-reading what (little) I’ve written, and sitting staring dumbly at my computer screen’s blinking cursor for 20 minutes, I wrote two paragraphs. That’s right. Two paragraphs.

Perhaps my “big idea” just sucks. Or maybe I really don‘t have anything to say. Could it be that I’m just destined for the other end of the manuscript (i.e. reading them not writing them)? Or maybe it’s just a dry spell… a never-ending dry spell. Or it could be that I’m getting cold feet. I’ve determined that once the kiddies are finally away at camp I’m really digging in and spending some time with this manuscript. Gulp.

Do you find writing painful? Do you do it anyway? Why?

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3 responses to “When writing feels like I’m pulling my own teeth out…

  1. I keep finding comments by people saying they enjoy having written, not the writing itself. But I do like the writing itself, even when it’s hard. I like the polishing; the “where is the structure in this piece?” moment, not so much.

  2. Sometimes the words flow more easily than others. The big thing is sitting in the chair in the first place. Do that, the words will come. Also, my ms is in one folder. Every day I write, I save it in that folder under a different date. It takes about one second now to find the most current version, but I have those old versions, too, in case I’ve deleted something that I want back.

  3. Agonizing. But I do it anyway because the alternative, namely not writing, is far more painful. I will fall into a bleak state of mind and the world loses color–I’m not exaggerating. When I don’t write, or can’t because of extenuating circumstances, things just crumble. When I do write, things stay together; I have hope.