Monday, February 15, 2010

Boom or Bust

The cycles of writing are not always convenient. The times when I am positively brimming with ideas, and when the words are being pounded out on my poor, poor keyboard, are usually when I have the most going on in my life. Obligations like school and work, as well as being with friends and other time spending alternatives, are the bane of my word count goals. I of course, wouldn’t have it any other way. A life of fulfillment and labor leaves me much happier than the alternatives, but this rising lull in progress bothers me to no end.

I’m sitting here, staring at a blank page, and the blinking cursor taunts me. It reminds me that it should be shuffling in near endless fashion from left to right, left to right. The cursor’s rapid descent from top to bottom should be endless, as the pages fall away in Microsoft Word, and reveal themselves to me at an Asimovian pace.

Alas, here I am. Needing to finish a book, a short story sitting idle, and my Next Great Idea™ sitting on cream colored pages, scrawled in pen. I have the ideas, I know how the story ends, but right now, my fingers can’t translate the images. I feel as though I am desperately running my hands along the walls of a dark room, looking for a damn light switch so I can get back to work.

Maybe I should be thankful that a blog post about frustration is helping my word count.


  1. The key for me is thorough research and outlining. I tried writing from a simple outline and it was a disaster. I vowed not to write another word until the novel was VERY thoroughly researched. It took six months, but when the research was done it made the writing a lot easier.

  2. Yeah, this novel I just winged it. I had about three or four scenes that were essential to me, but otherwise I hopped into it blind.

    I have a feeling I will be cutting at least 20,000 words and doing considerable rewrites because of this.


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