Writing Journal 5.17.2020: Writing block one week, the words flowing the other week

[NOTE: Today’s featured photo is what I got when I searched the free WordPress image library for “writer’s block.” Go figure.]


It was a tale of two weeks for me (should I have made that the title of this post? Ah, forget it). The first week was an absolute disaster, the first week in a long while that I was totally shut out, shut down, purely blocked from writing. I didn’t quite write nothing, but it was very close to that. Then, I had a week that wasn’t perfect (there were two days where I didn’t write anything), but I wound up with the highest weekly word count total of 2020 to date. Go figure.


I’ll try to figure out why it was the case, though. Not to get into too many details, but I found myself writing a big, dialogue-heavy scene that had a lot of interplay between different characters and a lot of moving parts. However, I had this feeling that it was going to drag on for too long, and it would take forever to write. Normally, my instinct would be to cut the scene entirely and just move on to something I wanted to write, but I didn’t feel I could do something like that in this circumstance because it added quite a bit to the characterization of the plot. So, I sat and stewed at the screen for more than a few days. Not writing is something I wanted to avoid, so this was bad.


Finally, I made the decision to cut the scene in half and break it off one-half as long as I was planning to do. And with that, the words started flowing again. It’s just a reminder that, just like many people prefer the things they read to be in smaller bites, whether that is books, chapters, or paragraphs, it can also be easier to write in those smaller bites.


Well, that is it for right now. The rest of May will see me finish up some last minute special education work for my current district, celebrate my daughter’s graduation, and Memorial Day. Plus, more writing.


That’s it for now. Stay safe more than ever, and here’s the stats for the past two weeks.


Week #1:

+206 words written.

Days writing: 1 of 7.

Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 0 of 7 days.

Week #2:

+10,852 words written.

Days writing: 5 of 7.

Days revising/planning: 0 of 7 for 0 total minutes.

Daily Writing Goals Met (500+ words or 30 minutes of planning/revisions): 5 of 7 days.

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