To be honest I have no idea, but I think I have it. I’ve been writing and writing and am half way through a 30k novella which I plan on releasing for free. The problem is all but 2k of it is shite. At least that’s what I think anyway. I thought maybe it was the story, maybe I had trouble getting into the character’s heads as they’re quite complex. I blamed the story, too many elements and a theme I had trouble understanding.
So I shelved it and started outlining another story which the characters were pushing to be heard. I started writing the first scene on that story, got to about 500 words and realised it wasn’t the story that was the problem. It was me!
Oh, don’t mind him, he’s just here to look pretty.
The words aren’t flowing properly. It’s disjointed and all over the place. And it’s giving me a rather large headache as I try to struggle through the shitty words that shouldn’t have been written in the first place.
So is this writers block? Probably. Who knows? All I know is everything I’ve written in the last few weeks is a pile of crap, so I’m stepping back from writing until I can do it again with an element of confidence.
What does this mean for any upcoming releases? Nothing at all. I have written two novels and a short story which will all come out in the second half of this year. I have this year covered. However, next year is a different matter, but I don’t expect this period of non writing to last very long.
Chin up! It’s not like I haven’t anything to do. I’ve always got editing…