Thursday, November 15, 2012

What's Crummy Writer Syndrome?

Write even when you don't want to, don't much like what you are writing, and aren't writing particularly well.
Agatha Christie

Today's quote could rub on an already sore spot. Every writer has times when they really are not in the mood to write. They may not like what they've been producing, and when they read it back to themselves, they are a little disgusted with what has been produced.

What happens to many who run into this 'crummy writer syndrome' is that they decide to stop writing. Maybe a break will help is the rationale they use. That might bear some truth, but it could also mean that the break becomes longer and longer. Days, weeks, even months could go by with no writing being done. Not good.

Then it becomes even more difficult to write. There is the fear factor. What if I still can't write? There is the It's easier to not write thought. The longer you wait to go back to writing, the harder it might be. The lack of self-confidence can only increase when you back away from your writing. Too much time away creates a monster of epic proportions.

So, what are you to do when things go wrong in your writing as Ms. Christie indicates in the quote? If you're working on a novel, try setting it aside for a short while (note the word short) and begin a new project. Maybe try a short story or a poem, or get going on research for an article you've been pondering. If nothing else, do some writing exercises each and every day. 

Another good way is to start a blog and post something every day, or at least Monday through Friday. I find that these blog posts get the writing juices flowing and on the days I have time, I'm ready to roll on a story. 

Whatever problems occur in your writing world, don't back away from them. Create a diversion if you must but keep on writing. It will get better sooner or later. 

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