December 18, 2013 by Kiersi
The other night I had a realization that writing has become a chore for me.
More and more I find myself thinking, I really need to sit down and get in some writing time. And then I don’t. I find reasons not to. I sit in front of my Scrivener files (either the work-in-progress waiting to be finished or the one waiting to be revised) and chew my fingernails. I look at my phone. I set my Freedom app for 30 minutes, essentially kicking me off the internet with no recourse, and instead I find myself goofing around in my journal or cleaning my house while the minutes tick down.
I don’t count it in my “fun time” allocation anymore; it’s work time. And the problem with that? I already have plenty of work to go around! I have more work things that need doing than I know what to do with; I’ve already used up all those work hours for things that make me money. (more…)
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April 12, 2012 by Kiersi
You know that one workout where you just can’t finish another bicycle crunch? Gasping and sweating and fighting back the cramping in your muscles, you do another push-up, another minute on the treadmill–you do it because you know it’s worth it. You’ll have an excuse to eat that slice of German chocolate cake, you’ll feel that rush of endorphins all day, and maybe after a few months you’ll see that muffin-top vanish like a bad dream. Right? It’s hard work, but it’ll pay off in the end. You can feel it in your bones, even when you can’t fully extend your hamstrings for the next two days.
I’ve been talking with quite a few fellow authors lately who are in some sort of creative vacuum–unable to finish a story, unable to bridge the gap between Act Two and Act Three (okay maybe that’s me), unable to even start writing that First Great Novel but knowing it’s in there–and it feels a lot like that extra thigh I picked up last winter that’s starting to make me question my lifestyle. “Where am I going wrong? Why can’t I defeat this?” (more…)
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