Through the power of WordPress I “met” another blogger over the past couple of weeks. We’ve had quite the dialogue via comments. I was sharing with her that I’m suffering through a severe bout of writer’s block. On some level I feel like it’s been going on for months, if not years. I explained that my biggest problem these days is my internal editor. I can’t shut it up. I open one of my works in progress, look at where I’m at, and simply cannot figure out how to write the next words in a way that satisfies me, my internal editor. So, I write hardly anything on those works in progress. Stories that are really important to me, that I want desperately to finish. And maybe that’s the other part of the problem.
I told her that I have never really been one of those writers who can just spew words out, thousands at a time. It just hasn’t been how I write for quite a long time. She suggested that I spew anyway. To try it and see what happens. So, today I’ve spewed my way to almost 2,000 words added to The Irrepairable Past. The story is now at about 31,000 words. I’ve made some progress. Am I blissfully happy with those new words? No, but they at least lay the foundation for improvement as I work through the rest of the telling of the story.
Thank you new blogging friend! My internal editor needed to be kicked in the ass, told to shut up, to crawl back into the hole where it belongs. When the story is done he/she/it can make a reappearance, but not before then.