Last month I took a few days to flesh out my next novel and promptly…
Do you ever feel uncomfortable as you stare at the cursor on the screen or the blank line in your notebook? I do ALL the time!
Here’s the thing. I love writing. But before each writing session, I struggle with discomfort.
My blood grows sludgey in my veins. My muscles tighten. A thousand thoughts flutter through my brain like released butterflies, and I can’t catch a single one.
In the back of my mind is the fear. Will the words come? Will they make sense? Is this story even good? Where is the chocolate??
I do not allow myself to be a slow writer. Because I don’t have the discipline for it. When I write a few hundred words here or there, I get lazy and I lose the plot thread. Trying to get it back takes time–precious time.
So when I’m drafting a novel, I push myself to write a big chunk each day. But before I do, I’m sitting there looking at the cursor, dreading the moment I have to make a decision and put a word on the page. Then another and another until I’m in my groove.
Part of my process is accepting the discomfort. I know I have to grow comfortable each time I sit down to write by reviewing the previous scene. This jump starts my creativity and allows the words to flow.
If the words refuse to flow, I go for a walk. When I return, the cursor no longer taunts me. I’m ready to begin.
Do you dive into each writing session? Or do you feel the discomfort I experience?
I’d love to hear your process! Leave a comment!