Sometimes, writing is hard.
Actually, no. Writing is always hard, even on the days when it’s fun. Writing is an intellectual pursuit which requires the investment of a lot of mental energy. It’s much harder than just imagining stories.
But some days, it feels harder than at other times.
I know it’s because the fun, easy beginning of the story is now over. I hit the point in the story that’s difficult to write and even more difficult to make exciting. And there’s no point in writing something that doesn’t excite you, because why bore someone to death? On top of that, I’ve just noticed how terrible the pacing is.
I am not at all surprised. This always hits me around the 5th or 6th chapter and I’m currently in the middle of the 5th one. And I’m noticing that the characters are not doing much of anything and that I’m waiting too long with getting to a certain event that needs to happen for the elements of the story to start falling into place… but also there is a dreadful feeling in the back of my head reminding me that I have no clear idea what will happen afterwards.
And that’s why writing is hard today.
Also possibly because I haven’t been sleeping enough and it’s a bleak day outside and I want to curl up and nap, which I can’t because I actually have a *gasp* meeting with a real life person planned for too soon.
At the end of the day, though, there’s no way but forward. I’ll keep writing sentences. Maybe I’ll eventually arrive at one I like.
Anyone has any recipes for difficult writing days?