Hi SEers. John with you today.
When I considered what to write about, I thought of several things. After taking a tour of some of the topics, my fellow members had scheduled, it became very obvious most of the erudite subjects had already been taken. I was also surprised to see that most of our group’s genius members already have their posts scheduled for the month.
Of course, you are looking at the work of one who doesn’t know from one day to the next what will be written. I am the pantster’s pantster. As a result of such a libertine approach to writing, each month brings me to the edge of sanity as I stare into the abyss of the unknown about what subject to write for Story Empire. I call this situation the “stare ball.” At times like these, I would just like to write, “Hi, I’m John, and I don’t have anything today.” Certainly, the temptation would rise in these patient and gracious members of Story Empire to drum me out of the organization for that kind of post. So, I continually try to write about something interesting since that kind of drum ceremony is not one I wish to attend.
Maybe you can feel my pain. If so, you can fully appreciate that such a situation leaves one with sweaty palms and a genuine desire to be struck by lightning. If we pause to think about the problem, though, maybe there is food for a post after all. I figured that by sharing those feelings of desperation, perhaps we all will not feel so much alone when these feelings come to us.
I have to be frank and say I never have a problem responding to a prompt or constructing any of the six posts I write weekly. I can honestly say I’m not blocked from writing. However, when it comes to Story Empire, there is an obsession to write solid advice to help others be better writers. It is time to drop that expectation and substitute one that might be a little more germane to the issue. Maybe my obsession should be to help just one other writer know they are not alone when it comes to being in the dark on what to write.
Bingo. I like where that bar has been set. I’m not going to solve all the problems of the writing universe. No. Instead, it would be good to just let one writer know that there are times when writing my way out of a paper bag is an impossibility. It doesn’t matter how long my stare holds on the curser and screen; nothing magically appears. For those agonizing moments, it feels as if the writing life has ended. Sharing that circumstance may help someone who is faced with the same problem.
So, what is the best thing to do when the stare ball hits? Walk away is my advice. Go smell the flowers, take a bike ride, walk the dog, or have a nice cool drink in the shade. Sooner or later, the inspiration to come back and complete the task will hit.
Now, where was I? Oh yes trying to figure out what to write for this Story Empire post. Hey, hold on. I think I’ve done it. How about you? Ever get the stare ball while you are trying to write? Tell us in the comments how you deal with it. Have a great weekend.