Monday, June 27, 2011

I feel... Stiff.

I feel... Cold.
I feel stiff. Not from the gym, not from spending four hours on my feet at a birthday party, not from sleeping on a mattress that was a little too firm for my tastes two nights in a row, not even from carrying around my heavy ass over night bag.

That kind of stiffness wouldn't fit in with the whole theme of this blog, seeing as this isn't a blog of my every day life. It's a writing blog.

So no, it's not my muscles that are giving me trouble. It's my writing.

As I said in my last post, I've been working on a new story. I love the plot, I love the characters, I love writing it... for the most part. It just feels so stiff. My dad says I have a nice informal voice when I write (which I like being informal in my writing. I prefer to be like the story teller in the movie 101 Arabian Nights (I pretty sure that's what it's called)). And I love my style of writing, don't get me wrong. But I also rp, a lot. I don't know if that's affecting it (I think it is) but while I'm writing this story it feels very... stiff. Like I can't remember how to write and make it sound right. The kicker is, while I was trying to fall asleep last night, I got up to write a paragraph that had dawned on me, and it sounded perfectly fine.

Maybe I'm nervous. I mean, it is going to be novel length and I don't know a lot of what's going to happen and I'm afraid it won't make word count. Maybe that is it. I don't feel it's long enough, that there isn't enough padding to make the whole story as long as it needs to be. But I don't like unneeded padding.

I know the whole thing is to just write it and edit it later, but I don't like doing that. I like it to sound right the first time. Yeah, I'll edit it later, obviously, but right now it just feels weird.

Anyone else have this issue? How do you deal with it?


  1. Keep in mind you've been writing a lot of college papers, too, and you've had to use a different writing style to do that. Give yourself permission to ease back into your fiction voice as opposed to your "official" voice. It's something I had to deal with when I was doing college, too. Also, what you're reading can influence your writing, no matter how hard you try to keep it from doing so.

  2. Gilmiller makes a good point *nod* I do know that sometimes I just need a writing break, too ;) Maybe you're burned out??

  3. @Gilbert and Trisha - I actually figured out the problem; the chapter wasn't right, which is why I was having a hard time with it. I know it's technically me writing the story, but often times it doesn't feel like it, and if my subconscious doesn't like what's happening in the story, then it clogs up and feels like crap. I just need to get back in to the flow of writing. It's a new genre with a new set of characters and new type of character I haven't tried writing before. But I will do it!


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