Help. I can’t write. I can blog, but I can’t write. I can sit here on ‘my thoughts on a page’, and many possible posts come into my head. I’ve heard of writers block but here on my blog I’ve no experience of it at all. Writing here is something I really enjoy, and look forward to.
However some of you may remember I have signed up for a creative writing course. It’s been a great experience, and I’ve looked forward to the challenges it’s presented me. Until the latest one.
Three weeks ago I was asked to write a story, any story. It must begin with the summary, then go into the scene, followed by a flashback and finish with slow motion. As I read it I began to think of a couple of stories I could probably apply that format to. Then I read the final words, “No more than 5000 words”. 5000 words! I felt my brain shut down, the creative shutters closed and even though time has passed I cannot re open them.
It’s not like I haven’t tried. To date I’ve written three stories, but stopped three quarters way through and trashed them, wishing they were written on paper so I could throw them in a bin. I am so frustrated by my lack of success. I’ve come up with two recurring excuses for it, ‘I’m very busy and I can’t think clearly’ , or ‘it’s the format and the 5000 word deadline’, but if I’m honest I don’t believe either of them.
I think the real reason is that I am beginning to understand what it is that makes a good short story, and I am over thinking every word. For a while I write, the words flowing, then for what ever reason I am interrupted. When I return to my ‘wonderful’ story I re read it and I think… rubbish. If I do decide to keep trying I find myself watching the word count and thinking, this is only one third of the story and I’m already nearing the end.
I have no idea how to get past this. Time is ticking by and the course finishing deadline is coming closer. I would hate to ‘fail’ to get a story written and I’d love to get feedback from my tutor when I do write it. I hoped by writing about it here I might begin to understand why I’m drawing a blank, and maybe even come up with a solution, but sadly I’m no further enlightened.
Maybe someone else has experienced this? Maybe you have some tips to get me through? All I do know is I have three stories of over 7000 words in total, and do not like any of them, and because I don’t like them I don’t like their characters or the plot.
Am I doomed? Should I begin afresh, or try to finish one of them?
All advice appreciated.