I almost called this post Writers' Block. However, I know better than to do that, for two reasons:
A. I am a strong believer that there really is no such thing as Writer's Block.
B. Joe will yell at me if I use it. XP
The truth is, it really is just a lull. Thus why I would be a terrible author: I would never be able to work with deadlines, because I have to be in a mood to write.
I went to the lake today to watch some fireworks and we were out there for about four hours, during which time I was supposed to get SOMETHING done, whether I typed it on my iPad or wrote it out in my notebook. How far did I get? About three sentences from Chapter 30. *mumblegrumble*
This leads me to an important topic, though; something that I've learned in the time I've been writing:
Do not force yourself to write!
Obviously, for some of you authors that are working with a deadline you don't have much of a choice sometimes. You need to get your work in, so you need to make yourself write it and take care of it during the editing. However, for those of you that don't have a set deadline, please, please follow the rule.
The truth of the matter is, nine out of ten times, when you force your writing, it comes out sounding forced. I've read over friends' pieces to critique for them and I've noticed changes in style where things are less flowy and they sound more like a textbook style of writing. I'll point this out to them and they'll say "Oh, yeah, I wasn't having an easy time writing that. I had to force myself." I've found it with my own work as well: it just doesn't come out the same if you're trying to force the words out of you.
I know a lot of you like to stick with the idea that you should write every single day and there's nothing really wrong with that perspective. But my own advice is: if it's having trouble coming out, then let it stay in until it's ready. Your writing is a little baby in your belly: it will come out when it's ready. You don't try to force it out on due date.
So, that's my writing tip for the day: do not force your writing!
I keep trying, I really do. I'll get a few sentences in and then I'll say "This just isn't working..." I won't even save what I wrote unless there's something that I know is good. Other wise, I scrap it and I wait a while before I try again.
Anyway, there's that. I don't feel like typing anymore, so I'm going to stop there. Night, everyone.