Frustrated? Relax!


It's March. Two months have passed since you wrote down your writing goals for year and leapt with anticipation into your first project of 2018. So how are you doing? 


Usually, by this time, the excitement has worn off. Boredom settles in. Perhaps frustration. The words on paper don't hold the same spark that they did when they are in your head. You may have started over more times that you can count, and it still isn't right. Or maybe you poured everything you dreamed about onto the paper (or computer) only to walk away from your story when it was only half done. 


Don't worry about it! Writing is hard work. Take a deep breath and hang with me for a moment. As writers, we all hit times where creativity peaks and words flow faster than we can write or type. But probably more often than we would like, creativity also dips. On those days, I can barely put a sentence together. No good ideas come to mind. And everything I'm working on feels like trash. 


If you are there, go ahead....scream, if you'd like. I've done it. I'll wait...


Last week, I heard another writer say that most of writing happens when we are away from the computer simply living life. I thought about that for awhile. There's a lot of truth in that statement. When we are not writing, we are out in the world, engaging with other people. In short, we are gathering life experience that makes our stories come to life. We are listening to how other people talk. We are discovering new places. Our senses are absorbing every detail. For writers, these experiences are NECESSARY to writing well. So, pay close attention. 


NON-WRITING TIP: Instead of a writing tip today, I'm going to leave you with a non-writing tip: Walk away. Leave your notebook and computer on the desk and take a break. Clear your head. Do something you enjoy. Hang out with your friends. Read a good book. But pay attention. Ideas will come when you least expect them to. New worlds will form. Character will begin speaking again. Jot those down when they come but don't force it. Simply enjoy the creative moment. 




Photo by Jason Rosewell on Unsplash




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CAROLYN BENNET FRAISER is a published writer and creative writing instructor in Brevard, North Carolina, where she enjoys helping youth find their passion for writing. 

Carolyn is available to speak to children and youth about creative writing at your school or special event. 

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