No matter what you write, there is one thing every one of us must do before we can venture into the world of publication – FINISH THE DAMN MANUSCRIPT! Without that, all the fancy queries and pitches in the world won’t get us anywhere. I know…it’s completely obvious. But as simple a concept as this is, it’s not always simple to achieve. We have families that need to eat, kids that need help on their homework, jobs that we must go to each day unless we want our homes to go into foreclosure.
But I don’t want to talk about that today. I think it’s pretty clear that everyone’s time is precious and everyone has their own set of hurdles to hop over. Today I want to talk about what happens after you’ve figured all that out. When you’ve managed to set your boundaries and found a way to hold your writing time sacred. When finally, after months of rearranging and adjusting, you’ve found a schedule that works for you and all that’s left to do is write.
This is where I’m at. So why am I not celebrating?
I sat down last week to finish off the final edits on my third manuscript. I mean, I can literally see the finish line. I know what needs to be done. I’ve rearranged some things in my schedule and put a plan together on how to do it in the time I need to do it in. I have the support of my husband and my friends behind me, cheering me on the whole way. Should be a piece of cake, right?
And then there it is. The blinking line. The one you continue to stare at because you haven’t made your daily word count quota. It’s laughing in your face, daring you to type something, anything, before it blinks again. It’s counting down the seconds of your precious writing time like sand through an hourglass until finally it’s all gone, and so is another paragraph, another page, another chapter.
Oh, do I hate that little f*cking line.
I’ve found myself in a bit of an unusual position the past week. This isn’t me. I’ve never had trouble writing, I’ve had trouble finding enough time to write all the ideas I had in my head. What the hell is going on, and more importantly, how do I fix it? It’s frustrated me to no end, which isn’t helping the situation any either.
And still…the sand keeps dripping.
So when I sat down to write my blog post for this week (which, by the way, I didn’t have a freaking idea of what to write about), I thought…hey, maybe someone out there can help me! Instead of me sharing my knowledge or motivation with you, I was hoping you all could share yours with me. I know I’m not alone. I know everyone’s been there at some point. Maybe someone else out there is in the same place that I am and could use some help too!
So this is my plea, folks! I’m all ears! What works for you? How do I kick this writer’s block in the ass?? At this point I’m willing to try anything!