Of Writers and Prose: Is It Time to Write That Story; Part 2

Ten years ago I wrote a blog post about writer’s block, but suggested that it’s not really a block, but more of a stall. I suggested that perhaps it wasn’t that we couldn’t find the words to write, but that it wasn’t the right time.

I believed it back then, and I still do now. Hear me out.

There isn’t a writer who hasn’t come across the infamous writer’s block in one form or another. Sometimes, for example this year, has seen a lot of creative people stop doing what they love because of the stress of the pandemic or a shutdown; myself included. Stress can be a serious problem for writers, but I’m not talking about any of that; what I’m talking about is the real idea that there is a certain time for stories to be written. A que, so to speak.

All writers know that a first draft is just word-vomit and the first stage of creating a novel. As a rule of thumb, we put that first draft away and go off to do something else, coming back to that novel after some time and looking it over with fresh eyes. Yet that’s not always the case. Sometimes we look at a particular story and either find no excitement for it, or doing revisions and edits just doesn’t flow. If you’ve read any of my writing updates you’ll see that this happens to me A LOT, and I’ good with that because I understand that wherever I draw my inspiration and creativity from, it’s letting me know that now is not the right time to be focusing on that particular story. Maybe I need to work on something else to improve my skills, or research something to make sure what I will right is correct and plausible. Whatever the case, when the words finally do flow, it allows me to finish the project and be happy with what I’ve done.

So, how do I know when the right time it? That’s easy; when the plot starts poking at me again, but I don’t jump right into the story. I’ll write things down, little ideas or scenes that come to me, and slowly, the poking increases until I have to open the file and work on it. Sometimes, like with the WIP I’m working on now, the poking takes over and pulls me away from a project I was already working on. My magic story had been dead in the water for a while, and I was working on a Steampunk story when a small idea popped into my head and I had to explore it. Now, I’m forty-thousand words into the first draft of Eva & Skye’s Magical Hair Solution and I’m confident that I’ll have the first draft finished by the end of January. Funny that, as I first thought of this story idea two years ago this month.

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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