Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Trouble with 'the wall' again...

Ack, I'm having trouble with 'the wall' again. The barrier that I have to break through to make myself start writing. I always have this if I don't write for a day or two, and the longer I leave it, the harder and more impenetrable the wall becomes.

It's fear, really. And mostly unfounded fear. I'm literally afraid of my own work in progress. Afraid that it's rubbish, and that I can't progress with it because I've no idea what to write next. Ninety nine times out of a hundred, the fears are groundless, because once I open the document and get the first sentence down, I *can* do it and I find things to write, and I start enjoying the story and become one with the characters.

But it's agonising, breaking through that wall... I've done it today, but I wish the damn thing would go away for good.

5 comments:

Saskia Walker said...

I know that feeling all too well. Well done you on getting through it!

Madelynne Ellis said...

Me too! Glad to hear you've made some progress.

Portia Da Costa said...

Thanks, guys! I bashed my way through the wall today too... but the stuff I'm writing feels a bit jumbled. The hero has some complicated feelings that even he can't quite understand.

Oh, I love to set myself challenges!

magdalune said...

We all feel that kind of thing once in a while. It's always scary, it's always hard. But eventually, you break through it. That's all you gotta tell yourself - that it has to end sometime. :)

Portia Da Costa said...

Thanks, Magdalune. The story's moving again, but I'm still not quite into it somehow. I'm hoping it'll settle down soon...