The are times that writing can feel like pulling teeth.
Hard, painful, a total struggle.
Then there are other times that it just happens.
I’m totally experiencing the latter right now.
The thing is that neither sign of brilliance.
Some of the best stuff I’ve written has been a battle to get down on paper. In saying this you often hear stories about how some author’s have characters who just wander into view perfectly formed and the plot just unfolds in literary perfection.
The thing is that whether you experience the ease of a story just exploding in your head or you have to wrestle it into submission to fully understand it, you have to remember that at the end of the day it will be worth while.
The other thing is you have to appreciate that often you will feel both of these extremes at some point during the same story.
When I first started the super hero book I am working on at the moment (Dare, which is super awesome by the way) it was a mission.
‘I don’t know the character well enough,’ I said, because I was used to knowing my cast so completely (in the other series I write) that I don’t even blink when the characters do or say something.
Now, about half way in, it is practically pouring from my fingertips.
Writing is a mix bag. Sometimes it’s hard, sometimes it’s easy and often there is no rational reason why.
If you are finding it hard, don’t stop.
I say this to my students all the time. Often writers block is in your head. There have been times I have thought, ‘Holy Moly, this is the worst writing I’ve ever done.’ then I read back over it and it’s completely fine. If it’s hard, keep going, and work it out.
Most things can be made easier by perseverance, and sitting down, and thinking it through. You are the author after all, no matter what the challenge, you can write your way out of it.
If you are on a roll, don’t lose focus.
Sometimes I’ve written stuff and I’ve been convinced that it’s the most brilliant work to be put to paper and then I look back and it’s so bad I’m embarrassed. When you’re on a roll, it’s easy to get the wobbles.
The wobbles are those speedbumps that happen when you don’t have the chance to think things through because you’re so super enthusiastic.
Take your time, slow down, and think it all through do you don’t have to come back and do a major rewrite.
Writing involves a LOT of highs and lows. Sometimes you can find yourself up to your ears in a project that’s as hard as washing a cat.
Other times it’s like that scene in Jurassic Park where they dig up that perfect dinosaur skeleton.