This past month or so I have read a few blogs where people were, and still are, saying the same thing. Yet I find it quite hard to fathom out….
“I can’t seem to get words onto the paper/I ‘m really struggling to get my ideas out/blah…blah…blah…”
I can’t find it in myself to have much sympathy with people like that. I’m not a great writer, but I’m trying to work hard at becoming one. It may happen but, then again, it may not. I am the only person who can do something about that and to me the only way of doing that is to JUST WRITE.
“I can’t seem to get words onto the paper/I’m struggling to get my ideas out.”
If you can write 500 or 1000 words on your blogs telling readers that you can’t do this and you can’t do that, surely you can turn those words into your ideas.
There are plenty of things that you can do if you are struggling to write. One of which would be to challenge yourself to a weekly story writing ‘fix’.
Cormac Brown runs a Friday Flash Fiction contest every week. There are no prizes and no winners, but it is a great challenge and a way for you to exercise your brain. It also helps to get you away from your own writing/comfort zone for a while and, who knows, it may give you that kick up the arse and help with your struggles. Just click here to go to the site and check out what goes on. I started doing it back in November with The Photograph and haven’t missed a week since. I’ve found it has helped me a lot with my writing and treading out of my comfort zone once in a while has done me good.
You’ve really got no excuses. I wrote some years ago and after becoming self-employed and a father to two beautiful girls, my writing got put on the “back-burner” because I genuinely thought that I had no time to write. I still wrote some short stories now and again but they weren’t what I wanted them to be and a novel that I started just stopped. It wasn’t until August last year that a great friend of mine and co-editor of Thrillers, Killers ‘n’ Chillers……. Col Bury, invited me to submit something. I pondered the idea and then sent a piece of Micro Fiction to him. Sorry, Love was accepted and I’ve had numerous pieces published since, and also a couple on A Twist Of Noir.
TK’n’C and Aton are just a couple of sites where you can submit your work. There are loads of others, so pull your finger out and write.
I think what I’m trying to say is that, instead of writing a 500 word piece about not being able to write, turn it on its head and and turn it into fiction. JUST WRITE.
Just following on from a couple of comments I have received on this, I have not made one penny from my writing and I would sell my soul to the devil to be in a position to be making money from it (Along with thousands of others). With 2 shot knees and 1 kanckered back, tiling doesn’t come at an easy price and I hope that I won’t be doing it for the rest of my life. I seriously would love to make a living out of writing.
I would also love to be in that position where I thought I was ‘gifted’ or I was one of the ‘lucky ones’, and it came easy for me. Like Lee Hughes said, I do also have ideas dripping from every orrifice, but I would also love to have more time dripping along with them, so I could write them all up. I can only dream for the time being….but,
In the meantime, I will JUST WRITE, and see what happens. Thanks for looking and sharing your thoughts…