Writing Struggles

As you may or may not know, my current work in progress (the main one) and I have had a bit of a history. I started it many MANY years ago, and at one point, nearly finished it. Then I stalled. Like massive stall ended up completely going away from it, it’s now been over five years since I first started the stall.

I recently got back at it, and at first, I was overjoyed. Now I am stalling again, and I just don’t know what to think about it.

Has it been too long? Maybe my writing has changed too much, and I need to let this one go. Perhaps I need to let it morph into something else more reflective of who I currently am?

Is it just that I am having a hard time? It has not been the best of times for any of us. Not only that, but I had been so focused in on editing for so long that my writing muscles were not used enough. Maybe if I power through, I will get back to the excitement?

Does it just not need to be my main focus and instead a side writing project for a while?

I really don’t know. Other than to know that struggling with it only makes me more upset, which only makes it harder to write, and the more confused I get about how to move forward.

At one point, I was so damn proud of it and so excited for it. What if it is still a great story, what if that excitement is still underneath it all, what if I am just struggling and about to walk away from something I shouldn’t? Maybe I am just not trying hard enough, maybe I am just afraid to complete anything (a problem I do have and am working on).

Or what if it’s a sign. That it was something that meant a lot to me in my mid-20s but simply… doesn’t anymore? Not with age and growing as a writer.

In my gut, I know that completely giving up on it would be a mistake. However, I honestly can’t say if I need to take yet another break, work on something else, and go back to the drawing board. Or if I need to just push myself through the rough draft and then go from there, see how I feel after.

I honestly don’t know or who to talk to or how to move forward.

I just feel… lost. I need to be working on something right now. I need to be making progress to getting another creative work completed and out there. Which only adds to the confusion and pressure because if I stop now and have to restart on something else, were all these months wasted?

I’m stuck.

I think I need a couple weeks. Work on something else. Then see.

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3 thoughts on “Writing Struggles

  1. I’ve learned that during times like these, it’s best to listen to what you conscience says. The answer might not be necessarily the thing you want to do, but it’s exactly what you have to do.

    For me, it usually manifests itself through guilt. Whenever I feel guilt for abandoning a project, then I know I should get on it, no matter how I feel about the process itself.

    Wishing you all the best in your writing endeavours!

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    1. Thank you! That is solid advice, and I will, without a doubt, take it into consideration as I am sorting through my thoughts. I appreciate the feedback and kind wishes, and I return those wishes to you!

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