“Oh my gosh, what to write?” Is this a phrase you utter from time to time?
I do and I did last night when I started this post. If you visit here often you’ve noticed in the past few days that I have been writing more post. I have a number of authors that will be guest blogging, but that will be next week. I love having guest bloggers, but I also found I missed writing a post and sharing my crazy thoughts with you. That was until last night when my mind went blanker than usual.
That’s when I realized that being an author has to be a little scary at times when you have writer’s block.
For me it’s not so bad. When writing articles I have a certain format that has to be followed - who, what, when, where, why and how. By answering those questions it helps overcome any writer’s block I have. There is a style that I have to follow, so that also helps.
When I review a book for the newspaper, I have a little more flexibility. But, there are still certain things that need to be included so that helps. When blogging I have a lot more flexibility and can include more personal input. That can cause for some blank moments, like now.
For an author, I know there is a certain amount of structure or an outline if you will of what the story will be about. But the author brings that outline to life and gives it emotion. They are not just telling a story (like a reporter) but they are creating a world for the reader to be drawn into. They are creating characters that the reader will both love and hate.
That in my opinion could get a little scary. I have a fairly good imagination and it can and does go in all different directions. But I’ve never really tried to create a world with characters that would draw readers in and hold their attention. For that reason I hold authors in high regard.
Each day I am learning more and more about all the hard work that goes into creating these stories that I love to read. Because of this, I’d like to say “thanks” to all those who write so that we readers can enjoy and live in various worlds and situations of fantasy.
How is your writer’s block today?