Saturday, October 3, 2009

The Perfectionist in Me

So right now I have about four or five MC's bouncing along in my head, yelling and screaming at me to write them, write them, write them, and I want to write them. All of them. I really do. Only problem is I'm stuck, very stuck. Not in the plot or character development, or even in where I want the story to go. I know what I want to say, but I have no idea how to put it on paper. How to make the words in my head fit onto the page and make sense to someone else. Normally a nice warm cup of chamomile tea and a bar of dark chocolate does it, and *poof* I know exactly how to write it.

However as of recently every time I write something its seems like the perfectionist inside of me (which applies only to my writing if only I cared enough to be a perfectionist in say school? But I digress...) speaks loudly at the top of her ever condescending voice, "Wow this really sucks. You can't write to say your life. Just stop now and save me the agony of reading this trash." She can be very mean.

Sometimes I'm lucky and I can shut her up, but she comes and goes as she pleases. Normally she appears after a stretch of writers block. I am just recovering from a eight month span of block, a time that was torture. I could write, if I was lucky, a paragraph a day, not fun. And find she is in my head, again, not helping me write. Any ideas on how to shut her up? Because nothing I've tried is working, I fear the block may return, and I don't know how I'll deal with that again.

2 comments:

sraasch said...

I'm in the same place you are. My Inner Editor is very, very cruel. If you find a cure, pass along the info!

Hayley said...

I will Sara, that is if a cure exists...