Tis the Season

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

.... for frustration. Fa-la-la-la-la l'la-la-la.

I'm at that point most writers hit where they don't like to look at their WIP for even one more second. It comes in the home stretch, when you're almost ready to wrap things up and call them shiny, and suddenly your brain goes on lock down.

It could be stress (yay, holidays!). It could be some sort of latent fear. (It's almost done - now people will judge it! Yikes!) It could be boredom. (Not this again! I saw this story yesterday! Wah!)

This is also the point when things get a bit dicey for the writer. It's tempting to shove the hateful WIP in a drawer and say NO MORE! Just scrap it and go on to the next thing. If you were running, this would be the point you hit the wall. But, like running, there's something on the other side of that wall. There's a second wind and more speed than you believe possible.

When it happens, and it will, you'll know what I mean. This is where a back-up story comes in handy, I think. If you have something productive to do other than your main WIP, then you won't feel so bad about neglecting the word count. (And you will feel bad for that.)

Right now, I'm on the not so fun side of the wall, but hopefully, I'll be seeing the view from the otherside soon.

/ whinge.

3 Chiming In:

Shannon said...

Hang in there. =)

Maybe just set it aside until after the holidays? Allow yourself some time to relax before hitting it hard again? That usually works for me.

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Chris Phillips said...

I'm sure you are doing fine. What is needed here is egg nog. Lots of it.

Terry Towery said...

Better get it done soon. I want to read it. :)

Merry Christmas, Josin.

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