The pain of an unproductive day

May 16, 2011 in Misc, Novel, On Writing, Study by pacejmiller

I got a reprieve this week because I managed to postpone my next meeting with my writing supervisor, and it was a much needed one because I hadn’t done nearly as much over the last couple of weeks as I would have liked for various reasons, including household stuff, getting the flu, general laziness, Fight Night Champion, the NBA Playoffs, and a battle with the worst food poisoning I’ve ever had (thanks to a cafe at Potts Point) where I actually passed out for the first time in my life!

This week needs to be the week where stuff happens, but I got off to a horrible start yesterday.  It was just one of those days where nothing seemed to go right (write).  I had nothing.  A whole day of trying to write and I ended up with barely over 2000 words — of first draft quality or worse!  My mind raced but no words came out.  Pain.

I think it may have something to do with what I discussed with my supervisor last time, being that it’s time for me to start rewriting and shaping each chapter into the best it can be.  I had so much success earlier on because I was just pouring out my thoughts onto the page (screen) without thinking about anything else.  Now, even though I’m still working on new chapters, shaping the narrative is always stuck in the back of my mind, and it has really handcuffed the free-flowing style I captured earlier.

So today (and possibly tomorrow) I will head back to basics.  Not think so much and just write (type), and see where it takes me.  The fixing up always needs to come later.