Last night I was writing furiously on a story only to reach a point where I couldn’t figure out what would happen next. I felt like I had hit a wall and when I finally found a door it led to nothing.
This has been happening a lot lately. I start a story and am so passionate about it. The words are magically appearing on the page then the ink well dries up. I spend weeks staring at it trying to figure out how to move my characters and story along but I come up with nothing but the comments of others and the fear that publishers won’t want it.
“You need more action.”
“That person wouldn’t act like that.”
“Where’s the rest of the story?”
“You should have done this instead.”
Don’t get me wrong I love talking to my readers. There are times when I hear these comments and completely agree with them, maybe if I had done that differently it would have turned out better. But when I am sitting down to write those words nag at me as if they were disapproving and cause me to second guess everything I had written to that point.
Last night I hit that spot yet again. This morning I decided that I need to push through. My first draft is NOT going to be a masterpiece, shoot, it probably will look like a middle school kid wrote it. But, nobody writes a great first draft. That is what edits and rewrites are for. I need to lush aside all the pressure I have put on myself to write an amazing story the first time around and just go back to writing because I NEED to tell a story.
Have you ever been filled with doubts while writing? What did you do to get pass that?