Contrary to popular belief, I have not been idle over the last two weeks of relative blog silence. And while my previous two non-fictitious blog posts were ‘melancholy’ and probably wreaked of writerly desperation, they have not been without their good fruits.
The method to all the madness, then, was the subtle exposure of writing fears that keep me, and probably many others, from writing. Because the truth is that, apart from this blog, I haven’t been writing much at all. Truth is that all my apparent world building, research, and plot development were just more ways of putting off the inevitable. Truth is, that when it really came to it, I had forgotten how to just sit down and write.
Just so you know, it wasn’t always like this. My family can testify to the copious amount of hours I spent as a teenager scribbling into notebooks of every shape and size, long before I had my own computer. I wrote and wrote and wrote. It’s all I ever loved doing. Even reading took a back seat. In fact, I went from being an avid reader to not reading much at all, mainly because I could never find the story I wanted to read, so I was always trying to write it.
Then I grew up. Started taking myself too seriously, became ridiculously critical, and then willingly surrendered myself to university to have my already poor writer’s image ground to a pulp. As a result, now I just don’t write. I talk about writing. A lot. When asked what I do, I mumble something like, “Oh, I write”. No, I wish I could write. I dream of one being able to write all that I envision in my head. But try and get me to actually sit and write it…
Nope. Not happening.
Until two weeks ago. Two weeks ago I started an experimental Writer’s Therapy course, and over the next few blog posts (apart from Fiction Wednesdays of course) I will be writing about that course, and whether or not it works. Stay tuned!
- Encouragement – Oxygen for a Writer’s Soul (jeanfischer.wordpress.com)
- Writing Prompt Boot Camp (I): Breaking Up With Writer’s Block (welltuncares.wordpress.com)
- Top Ten Prompts to Inspire Creative Writing (writingthefire.wordpress.com)