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Is this the infamous "wall" ???


I woke up this morning and found myself looking at my TGH project with a really odd feeling. I need to process 3 hymns per day to make my deadline but I don't feel like doing even 1 hymn! Is this the "wall" that writers talk about when you just do not want to do anything on a project?

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I think the cause behind this is twofold. On the one hand, you could be sick of the project. Especially if you've been working on it for a very long time, and intensely. On the other hand, you could be afraid that the project is coming to its end, and you don't want to ever be finished with it. Because, once it's done, then what do you do? emoticon









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Hmm. I haven't heard of a "wall" in writing yet. I know of this from sports and losing weight, though. It's that moment when you want to quit, when you feel you can't take another step.

Writers tend to have "block". (And many pro writers say that's just an excuse.) Block means that they / we feel unable to go on, so it's probably similar to the "wall". But it's more because of a lack of inspiration and a feeling of resistance. The hope is that the block will disappear by itself, just lift away like fog and inspiration will be back.

I know this "block" only too well. On good days, I push through it and write anyway. On bad days, when I have no willpower left, I don't.

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Sometimes I feel like this with parkour and rock-climbing so I kind of take small steps to get back on track (so for Pastor that could mean writing only 2 for a day of two then making up for it later on).

Best of luck and I understand that feeling emoticon
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Writing and Hitting The Wall




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Okay, so it is a thing with writers, too. emoticon

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I don't read a lot of writing advice. And I have a good reason for it: I want to stay untainted by all those expectations and common "habits" of writers. That's why I rarely read advice books as well, with some exceptions. Never read Stephen King's "On Writing". I'm not sure I want to, you see.

I want to do it my way. Not the "right" way (I don't believe there is one, anyway). I want to have my voice, my way of story telling. And my writing school is simply reading. Reading lots. I notice what I like and dislike and watch that in my stories.

I have some support in this by Kris Rusch who really is an authority in the industry. She has been writing for decades, first trad published, then in her own business. She used to be the editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, and won an award while doing it. She even used to do radio!

She just wrote this:
]Business Musings: Serious Writer Voice

She talks about how writers' voices have become so bland, so professional that the stories are boring.

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Is there a reason this is happening? Absolutely.

Writers workshop their manuscripts. They have their friends (usually unpublished or poorly published) writers go over the manuscript. Those friends impose really weird rules on the writers. I’ve seen lists of these rules. The rules tend to vary depending on where the writer learned them.



Basically, the writers have been trained out of their own, individual voices. Don't do that. Write the way that feels right for you!

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I have had this happen with a story, my first novel in fact. I tried so many times to get it 'right' that I killed it and didn't want to write again for a long time. I still like the idea that sparked the novel but now when I think about it I get tense and frustrated.
Is it possible for you to work on something short that really excites you? It might help you feel like writing again.

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This link will expire eventually, because Dean will publish this as book. I'll try to remember to fix that when it happens.

Anyway, in his third Chapter on ]Heinlein's Rules he talked about finishing and sending off a story. Because Heinlein doesn't say "Rewrite".

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On December 31st, 1981, my thinking was that every story had to be perfect, had to be worked over and over and before I dared send it out. And it had to be written slowly and carefully to be good. I believed everything English teachers taught me.

Hook, line, and sinker.

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So week after week, I mailed off stories I thought sucked. Oh, I did my best on them, made sure they were as typo-free as possible, but I spent no time on them as I had with my precious two-stories-per-year gems that sat molding in files.

And fairly quickly the form rejections turned to personal letters and then to nice letters from editors. Shock!



Read it all here: ]Heinlein's Rules Chapter Three

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