Monday, 21 March 2016

More Writer's Block

There's so much going on the world right now to talk about: politics, the environment, the state of the local sports team, etc.  What does one do when one sits down at the computer and discovers that there are no coherent sentences forming?

A funny image I saw on Facebook a few weeks ago went something like this.
Driving to work - Comes up with perfect plot
At lunch break - Comes up with perfect characters
Driving home - Comes up with an amazing ending
Sits at keyboard - whut are werds?

I think just about everyone has gone through that at some point.

Many of my stories were written in a stream of consciousness manner and then edited later.  I tend to self-edit brutally - the kind of scene that took place in my head might not be the same as the one I wrote down.  What makes sense to me probably wouldn't make nearly as much sense to someone else, especially if they aren't familiar with the particular show or concept that I happen to be writing about.

A great many of my ideas don't even make it into finished stories at all because they're simply too far-fetched to be believable.  I have many notebooks and text files filled with plots, scenes, and paragraphs that were never expanded upon or posted.

Now if only I can get the drive to continue on that book I wanted to write this year.


  1. I totally relate! Good luck with your book. :)

  2. I need to learn more about this book that you are writing! I'm always writing books (poet). I'd love to read your stuff.

    1. It's going to be the story of a family during the first half of the 20th century, based on my late grandmother's diaries and supplemental writings by my mother.

  3. yes I can relate! and the older I get it seems the earlier I need to work for my brain to function. ;)

    1. I actually do my best work late at night when everyone else is asleep and I don't have to worry about interruptions.

  4. Good luck with your book! I always tried to write things down as I think of them... talk to text on phone may help. But yes, it always comes out way better in my head.