For weeks now, I’ve been trying to write a story about a woman being transformed into a cocker spaniel – human hybrid. And I made some mistakes, the biggest being I began the story with out planning how to end it.
This is a frequent problem I have and I should know how to avoid it by now. If you have in mind the ending you want, then it’s a matter of doing what you must to get to that ending.
If you don’t know what the ending is going to be, you can wander all over in the story and NEVER end it. I’m not just talking about writer’s block, I’m talking about writer’s reinforced concrete wall.
Part of the problem is that I have a LOT of story ideas. Wit this one, I came up with a villainess with no background, no origin, nothing to motivate her save for plain chaos.
As a result, I’ve stopped working on the story. It wasn’t just that I was having trouble proceeding with the story. As the title of this entry say, I wasn’t just having writer’s block, I’m having writer’s reinforced concrete wall. And it has literally been keeping me up at night! I’ve gotten very little sleep for the last three days.
So, I’m dropping the story. I may start over and come up with a different hook and, hopefully, make it to the end this time. I have other ideas for completely different stories. But this one was telling me, as I wrote it, that the sledgehammer I was using on that wall was instead hitting me in the head.
If writing can be so hard, why do I keep trying to do it? Why keep pounding my head against that wall?
Because it feels so good when I stop.