Thursday, 4 October 2012

Can't write, creative inertia setting in.

When I can't write, like today, I love my painting; its the only place, like in my novels, where I can create, or conversely, destroy my own worlds. It isn't helping my writing but I'm having fun.

   My problem isn't that I can't write. For a change I know exactly where everything is going, or going to go, but I just can't get it out fast enough. So I've decided just to make notes and give it up for a few days until what passes for my mind calms down a little. If I type it the way I want to, I'll just have to trash it all or spend so much time rearranging it into the correct order that it will defeat the whole object.

   This is unknown territory for me. I usually begin a novel with a word, or even a line of dialogue, and see what happens. Now, I know exactly what's going to happen, and when. Maybe that's why it's become so difficult. The other way I can just sit there, guzzling tea and waiting for inspiration. This is how real writers are supposed to work, or so I'm told, with a beginning an end and a middle bit already worked out. Then just fill in the rest. It's a new experience and I'll have to see if it works for me. At the very least I might not have to go through it thirty times to delete off-topic meandering or sub plots that occur to me but which never go anywhere.


  1. Awe... you have panster-blues. I've got that with regard to my second book for Lila and her mishaps. But I've got another one that's been flowing right out me.

    Hugs and chocolate,

  2. I do and I don't like it. But I have two days solid work from, well about six hours time, so hopefully it will be gone when I come back.

  3. I find it harder to write when i have it planned out, too! it's like this pressure to get it all out at once or something...

  4. Just the way I feel, so I'm going back to the seat of my pants - the way I've always done it.

  5. I have this happen from time to time, and I do exactly what you're doing - making notes. It works.

  6. I hope so. I have so many now, it'll take me a week just to put them in order.