Dealing with writer’s pause

June 18, 2010

Okay, to be clear, I’m not talking about writer’s  block. I’m not talking about the inability to pick up that pen or bang on that keyboard.

What I’m talking about is writer’s pause.

Never heard of it?

I’m not surprised. I just coined the phrase.

I think it apply describes what I’ve occasionally had to deal with so far in my writing career.

I’ll explain, I’m working on a story. Say, for example, my latest project — a Young Adult novel. Its been a pleasure working on this project. Chapter after chapter came fluently. Until that is I hit chapter five.

What happened?

Well, I think I became intimidated with the weight of the project. The result was that no more words came.

My first response was to panic.

Oh, no, I thought, I’ll never write again.

Which is a healthy response to this dire situation. : )

Then I started work on one of my other projects. That’s why its best that I have more than one project on the stove. The prefect number of projects for me to be working on at once seems to be three.

They battle it out for my attention. (It’s not hard for me to personify anything — pens, tacks, writing projects.)

When my YA decided to speak. I allowed it to take me wherever it wanted to go. So, currently, I haven’t been writing chapters but rather pieces of random chapters.

Yeah, at least the words are coming. That’s all I ask, pled for.

Hey, got sometime, way not visit me:

4 Responses to “Dealing with writer’s pause”

  1. holessence Says:

    Leanne – I think your wonderful explanation is another prime example of why the saying “different strokes for different folks” was coined. If I had more than one actual manuscript going at one time, I’d lose my mind. I write several magazine articles at once, but not a full-blown manuscript. I stand up and salute you for being able to juggle like that. Way to go!

  2. Leanne Says:

    Thank you, Laurie.
    It wasn’t an achievement — in that it wasn’t what I was working towards. It simply is how I have to work. I do write smaller pieces while I work on my manuscripts.
    I agree, I think the key is to find something that works for you and then sit down and work.

  3. holessence Says:

    Leanne – I know. That’s why I especially applaud you. It’s not hit or miss – it’s a way of life for you and that’s what’s so cool.

  4. Leanne Says:

    Thank you, Laurie.

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