Recently, I’ve come across a few discussions that touch on, in one way or another, the hardest part of writing.
So what is the hardest part of writing?
Well now, that varies from writer to writer.
For me, the hardest part of writing is the actual writing. Allow me to explain…
When an idea really gets its teeth into me, I burn up the page, writing notes and scenes as fast as I can get them out.
In my die-hard pantser days, this was a haphazard process. I wrote the story until I got stuck or had ideas I couldn’t use yet, then switched to taking notes about plot, character, setting etc.
Now that I’m (mostly) a plotter, I try to work out the story in short form/outline before I start the bulk of the story. Sometimes, I just have to write a scene before I’m done with the outline (or my head will explode…you know how it goes).
So it sounds like I shouldn’t have any problem with the story writing stuff. After all, I’m a writer. The actual writing should be the easy part, right?
Even when I was attempting to pants my way through a novel, I often fled to the “safety” of my notes. I used them to think my way around snarls in the story line, work out character motivations, plan future plot twists and so on. Whenever I felt stuck in the story, I’d talk myself through it in my notes. Which is exactly what I do now.
Problem is, sometimes I keep right on taking notes, even detailing scenes I’ll write, instead of actually writing the scenes.
As I near the end of my novel-in-progress, I find myself spending more and more time writing about what I will write about. While this is probably more productive, writing wise, than catching up on Fringe, it still doesn’t get me to “The End.”
The obvious solution is just to make myself write, embrace the Crappy First Draft with NaNoWriMoesque abandon.
But first I think I might have to make a few notes…
What’s the hardest part about writing for you? How do you get around it?
- Panster versus Plotter (studiomothers.com)
- Writing Inside the (Out)Lines – Redux: A Creative Departure (occupiedandpreoccupied.wordpress.com)
- The Hardest Part About Writing (dailygallen.com)
- The Hardest Part about Writing & Blogging (allisonvesterfelt.com)