There’s a whole lot of focus on writer’s block. Right now though I seem to be suffering from the opposite. I have too much writing wanting to stretch out onto the page. Currently my notebooks have about eight short story ideas between them. Then there’s the constant nagging from a possible novel and a definite children’s fiction book aimed at 9 to early teens age group; plan is to write this book so that my eldest son will have something of mine to read in a few years time.
And with that and a bubbling of other ideas I find myself hampered by Writer’s Grump. I have found in recent months that days I can’t write are days I get snappy and irritable with those around me. By can’t write, I mean physically can’t find the time. Two kids, a part time job and a house to keep running will do that. I tend to plan writing in my head while hanging out washing or hovering then rush to slap it down when my youngest naps or is in nursery. The method here is probably best described by the following quote from a Writers On Writing, NY Times article by Walter Moseley:
‘How can I create when I have to go to work, cook my dinner, remember what I did wrong to the people who have stopped calling? And even if I do find a moment here and there — a weekend away in the mountains, say — how can I say everything I need to say before the world comes crashing back with all of its sirens and shouts and television shows?
“I know I have a novel in me,” I often hear people say. “But how can I get it out?”
The answer is, always is, every day.’
So apologies to family and friends in advance for any Writer’s Grump related incidents. They stem from too much to write and too little time. At least I’ll have a backlog of stuff to tinker with when the inevitable block hits.
Any other Grumps out there?
7 Responses to Writer’s Grump.
Good post, Dan. I'm visiting from the Pitch Party and I know how Writer's Grump feels too… (and so do my nearest and dearest!). Here's to more writing space!
Another pitch party visitor, Dan!
I've found a good way to write while I'm out and about–it works for driving and walking the dogs, but it's not so good for when I'm shopping as people start to phone the police. I use a very expensive digital voice recorder with a good headset plugged into it, and then download the resulting rambling into Dragon Naturally Speaking. It gives reasonable accuracy and I write a HUGE amount in this way: I'm far more prolific than I am when I'm actually writing it down, and while a lot gets cut, it is very freeing. It's worth a try, if you have a chunk of money to throw at it and are willing to experiment.
I look into that, might work as I spend a great deal of time doing stuff on my own and could dictate freely. Thanks for the thought.
Definitely count me in as a grump. I'm worse though, half the time what's stopping me is my own stupid procrastination, so I just get grumpy with myself… yes, I know, I've only got myself to blame. And then someone goes and throws a pitch party when I finally get myself in the mood to settle down and write!
Hey, Dan. Well said. I wish I was more grumpy though. Might make me do more work. And yes! I was so going to write hundreds today, but I've spent most of it going round all these excellent blogs.
I managed 800 words earlier today, in between sorting a problem with my email and sorting the kids' toys. Feeling ungrumpy now. Going to check out more pitch party blogs as a reward.
Oh- I like this… I get the grumps as well. So many ideas… No matter how fast I write there is never enough time to get them down. 🙂 Cheers!
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