Thursday, July 20, 2006

I'm Writing Garbage. You?

"When you get to the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on." - Franklin D. Roosevelt

Have you ever felt utterly incompetent as a writer? As though you have this amazing story inside you and you can see it, like a movie, in your head but you can't get it down so that anyone else can see it?

Man, I hope so, because misery loves company ;-)

I've been writing lately, quite a bit actually, but it's all crap. Seriously. And it really frustrates me, because I can see the scene, really see it in my head. I can watch the characters walking around and talking and doing their thing, but I Can. Not. Get. That. Down.

Still, I write. At some point, I imagine, my brain and my fingers will connect and make nice with one another. But this has been the most frustrating week. It's vaguely reminiscent of when I did NaNoWriMo and hit the second week. It was an effort to get anything out, but because I HAD TO in order to get my word count, I pushed through and wrote and when I got about halfway through that week, I had a breakthrough, and it was all pretty easy after that.

What do you do when you feel like you can't write a decent sounding word? It's not writers block, exactly. I know what I want to write, it just isn't coming out well... Any and all advice appreciated.

But, hey, on the brighter side -- at least it's cooler here. Finally. Phew!


Ceri said...

Yes, I get that feeling constantly. I'm trying to channel Nora, or at least her muse, but obviously they have better things to do. Still not knowing the direction I'm going in I've been staring at a completed novella that I'd really like to redo and add 20-30k to. But thats all I'm doing.... staring.

Here's to another day.

uqfttro-unless quiet ferrets tiptoe toads roll over

Judy said...

I understand, as well. I can see all of Fiona playing out, but I don't have the capability to DESCRIBE what I'm seeing, at least not so that I'm pleased with what I'm writing.

On the brighter note, I'm writing out the working synopsis now. So... hopefully that will make things works better.

Tori Lennox said...

Have you ever felt utterly incompetent as a writer?

Ooooh, only all the time these days. You are SO not alone.