Friday, July 20, 2012

Time to get some serious writing done

I think I've figured out why I've been in such a writing rut. For the past month or two, I've been driven to try my hand at something longer, like a novella or a novel. It's just not happening now. Not to say that'll never happen (it will, I'm sure), but you can't force anything when it comes to writing. Because that's how it'll turn out. Sounding very forced. I need to get back to what I'm good at: short stories. If one of those stories end up wanting to be a novel, fantastic.

Short stories may not make me a bestseller, but then again I never became a writer to get rich or sell millions of books. The fact is short stories will always be my strong point when it comes to writing.

And I'm not saying that I'll never write a novel, or should make an attempt. I should, but the time isn't right. Right now, I just want to write. ANYTHING. A little bit of writing is far better than no writing at all.

So thanks again for all of your support! Let's see if I can find a story that needs to be told.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Writing rut

I'm stuck in one of those ruts where it feels like everything I write isn't working. These ruts happen from time to time, but they're still annoying as hell. Nothing breaks my spirit more than working on a project and then feeling like it isn't clicking. Then when you try to move onto something completely different, you still get the same result.

I'm probably overthinking my stories. That is almost always the reason for such a rut. I think I have to get complicated with characters and storylines when I should stick to what I do best, which is keeping it simple.

Still, I'm not letting it bring me down too much. I'm doing plenty of reading, which is always the next best thing when you feel like you're in a tough spot. Reading classics from Vonnegut and company always cheers me up.

Of course, there are times when I curse myself for even calling myself a writer when I read a masterpiece like MOTHER NIGHT or CAT'S CRADLE.

I'll snap out of it. I always do in the end.