Psyched! Out

New stories. The first line. Fresh characters. A great idea for a plot twist.

Starting a new story is fun. It’s sort of like when you first start to date someone. You’re always excited to see them, you think that everything about them is funny and clever, and you fantasize about how great things are going to be.

And then the novelty wears off. You want space, you miss your other friends, you over-analyze everything they say.

Writing is a relationship. You’re in the thick or thin with the characters, a long-term commitment to write their story. And like every relationship, sometimes you just want out.

In my learning curve as a writer, I’ve discovered that I love flash fiction. It’s short and satisfying, like a one-night stand. Short stories are quick flings that are also easy to finish.

But for me, I have a little trouble sticking through to the end of anything over 7,000 words. Why? I figure it has to do with endurance, like the seven year itch. There’s just a point where everything else in mundane life becomes more attractive than writing that next sentence and I find myself cleaning the kitchen, alphabetizing my canned goods, or remodeling the bathroom.

I think it might be a little different for all of us, but for me, I stall about 3/4 through the story. It doesn’t matter if it’s a novella or an epic.

Same spot, every time.

I know it’s coming. I can see it from the beginning.

Inevitable, Mr. Anderson.

So how do I ever get to the end? Well, I mostly just make myself. I accept that for a few thousand words I will nt be brilliant or eloquent, I will just write through the plot point because I have to.

I can always revise it later, right? It’s just more practice.

Do you get stuck in your stories? How do you push through?

Also, check out my guest post on Waldron Publishing.


6 thoughts on “Psyched! Out

  1. 30,000 words. It’s usually about a third of the way through, but for whatever reason, 30,000 is a pain to get past. Once I hit 40-50, I’m golden.

    But always remember, you can fix it 😉 Keep up the good work!

  2. When I get stuck, I create another character to try to work into the story later. Then, after working him/her/it up, I realize that I have to press on in the novel to get to see how the character progresses. Maybe not the smartest tool but it keeps me going.

  3. When I hit a block while writing something substantial, I usually try to write a poem or short story. That way, I still get out my urge to write but am spared the frustration of trying to force myself into finishing a novel..

    After that I’m usually energized and ready to tackle the next few chapters!

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