Writers Resources

Breaking the Block

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So I’ve posted in many places, mostly on the JulNoWriMo Forums, about my “writer funk” as I’ve been calling it. And a single tweet on twitter, and I’ve had my own words thrown back in my face roughly half a dozen time.

Just. Keep. Writing. Or power through. Write anyway.

For about a week now, I haven’t. I just had given up. But today I was chatting with a friend (whom I talked into do JulNoWriMo with me this year) who had finally started working on his. He was at over 900 words. I was, at last count, under 800. You know what I did? (After much whinging to him) I started writing. I’m now at over 900 words as well and will be (hopefully) well over 1000 when I go to bed today.

So, how to break through the funk? (Or dissolve writers block, if you want to put it that way). Get a writing partner. Ask their wordcount. Beat it. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.

If you’re not working on projects of the same length at the same time, keep a daily wordcount and ask that they do the same.

Don’t have a writing partner? I’ll gladly volunteer! Send me a tweet @ThatNerdyWriter or contact me here on my blog. I’ll be posting (hopefully) daily updates with my words written so you can keep up to date with me (and possibly beat my daily word counts) without having to wait upon my replies. (But please do get in touch, I like talking to new people, especially other writers.)

Just keep writing!

Success

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ImageWhat is success?

For a quick answer, let’s go to the dictionary. Websters online dictionary. It’s quicker than finding my paperback.

This is what comes up.

1 obsolete : outcome, result
2
: degree or measure of succeeding

: favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence

3
: one that succeeds
          2a and 3 can go right to hell because they use the word itself in the definition, which is no help whatsoever.
          Definition one is vague as balls. An outcome or result could be positive OR negative. I don’t know about you, but I don’t call a negative outcome a ‘success’.
          So we’re really only left with 2b.  favorable or desired outcome; also : the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence
          Let’s scratch that last part, we are talking about success as it pertains to writing. At least I am. Wealth doesn’t have anything to do with it, if you’re writing for wealth, you’re in the wrong line of business. Favor and eminence go along with that. Very few writers become common household names. If you expect that, the odds say you’re going to be disappointed.
          So that whittles it down to ‘a favorable or desired outcome’. Well that’s still pretty vague, yeah? And just what IS that outcome?
          Well to answer that, you have to look within yourself.
          My first success is when I finished the first draft of my book. But that’s a minor one. I don’t think I will consider myself to be a successful writer until I have the luxury of writing 40 hours a week as a full time job. THEN, I will be successful.
          But there are many stages to success. Another one is when I sell my first book, then you divide that into self-published and traditionally published. First fan mail? First hate mail. First review on any website.
What is your ultimate goal of success?