Success only flourishes in perseverance -- ceaseless, restless perseverance.
--Baron Manfred Von Richtofen

Friday, July 31, 2009

I Need a 4-Wheel Drive

First, I have to say fifty followers! Hooray! You guys rock.

Okay, on with the post.

I need a 4-wheel drive, because I'm stuck. Not going anywhere, no matter how hard I spin the wheels. I've only written like 2 1/2 pages all week. I'm approaching half-way through the novel and I finally got to the part that I thought would be so great when I was first thinking this up, and now I'm, "Okay, where was I going with this again?" So, in the meantime, I've been catching up on typing, blogging, reading other blogs, entering a contest, and daydreaming a lot to try and get unstuck. These are all worthy writing activities, but they aren't actual writing which is what I'd really like to be doing.

This happens every time. I hit a point in the story where I bog down, don't know where to go, start to lose faith in myself. My train of plot derails. I hit the wall. (Writing a novel is something like running a marathon, isn't it? I wouldn't actually know. What do you think, Linz?) Anyway, my point is that I know from past experience that I'll get through it. Eventually, I'll kick it into 4-wheel drive and take off at full speed again. Until then, I guess I'll just keep spinning my wheels.

Oh, by the way, my next story feature, "Among the Silent Stars," will be up soon!


Linz said...

I don't know about writing a novel, but I DO know that at mile 13.1 I usually want to start weeping at the thought of running that far again! So, yes, I would think them simular... the trick is to just keep going! Ignore the pain and keep on moving! You can do it!!! (and so can I!) Love you!

Aubrie said...

I hit that point in every story I write just about 3/4 of the way and from there on it's like pulling teeth. I totally understand what you're going through.

Jan Markley said...

This is my favourite quote about writing and it appears on my blog:

"Planning to write is not writing. Outlining, researching, talking to people about what you're doing, none of that is writing.

Writing is writing ....

Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way."

E.L. Doctorow

I'll remember that when I start the rewrite of my second novel tomorrow!

Cheers, Jan

Suzette Saxton said...

And now you are up to 53!! At least your blog isn't stuck. ;)

I love the quote Jan provided. When I read the post I thought of a Rodney Atkins song:

"If you're going through hell
Keep on going, don't slow down
If you're scared, don't show it
You might get out
Before the devil even knows you're there."


Angie said...

Thanks for the encouragement and great quotes, everybody!

Suzette Saxton said...

I couldn't resist. I've awarded the One Lovely Blog Award to your blog. :D Come check out my blog for the details.

Danyelle said...

*hugs and a little black couch* O:)

Get stuck stinks, but isn't it the most wonderful feeling when you wake up and suddenly know where everything is going?

*hearts subconscious*

Larry and CIndy said...

All I can say is "Angie I know you can do it...You have done it before and you will do it again and again and again!!! I must say I agree with Suzette about the Rodney Atkins song....I sing it all the time, quite profound don't ya think? Hugs & Kisses, MOM