The condition known as Writer’s Block is not one to which I am accustomed, though it certainly rears its head from time to time. For the first several months of my blogging life, I needed so badly to unload so much history, I was posting four times a day, every single day. I finally reached the end of that stage of my writing, and I found other challenges and resources, thoughts about which I wanted to share. I still draw heavily on a couple of daily affirmation sites. I frequently require of myself post topics from the greater human community, and from topics I read in other blogs. Still, there are times, like today, when no subject catches my eye.
I made the decision, long ago, that if I am in Writer’s Block, I write about writing. This usually aids me in breaking through confusion, boredom, or hesitation. Then, I can go back to writing naturally, my way.
Today, my Writer’s Block is of a particular nature — I am unable to write for either of the stories I’ve started. My process for choosing story lines and themes is quite simple — I start writing about situations in my own life, and then I take the story way out of basic context, and make it either fantasy, or science fiction, or both. Or that is what I plan to do. I don’t know how to make the jump, from life to fantasy/sci-fi. I think I chose good stories to write, but they will not come out of my fingers into the computer.
During National Novel Writers’ Month, or NaNoWriMo 2012, I banged out an autobiography. I finished ahead of schedule; my final count was approximately 52,000 words. In that month, I learned that I love to write, and I feel perfectly comfortable with 2000 words a day. I just need to know, solidly know, my subject matter. On the other hand, I prefer seat-of-the-pants writing, in which I am less contrived and more honestly myself. Truly, a dilemma.
I finally decided, only today, that I must write outlines. I skipped outlines in college — in fact, I would write the paper, and then draw up the outline. But I need clarity on where I want my story to go. If I know the basic story from beginning to end, rather than just a general idea, my seat-of-the-pants style may then work more easily. This will require discipline. Time for me to grow up and get over my chronic lack of discipline. Wish me luck!