Writing Sessions like Night & Day

This year I am writing a novel.

“When you face writer’s block, just lower your standards and keep going.” — Sandra Tsing Loh

Couldn’t write, couldn’t write… It was almost torture to get one word not to mention a full sentence. Anyway, after hours of trying I had produced a few sentences and a bunch of scratch. I did not fall prey to frustration though. I just noted down ideas whether they worked or not. I Googled a few things. I made a few random notes and then I decided to try again the following day.

“Don’t stop because you’ve hit a block. Finish the page, even if you write nothing but your own name. The block will break if you don’t give in to it. Remember, writing is a physical habit as well as whatever you want to think it is—calling, avocation, talent, genius, art.” — Isabelle Holland

What a difference! The words just seemed to flow and ideas just seemed to fit together.

I have no idea what changed from one writing session to the next but something did. I image that getting a few sentences down along with a few random notes and ideas did help. The path was there on the day I was struggling to write but it was cluttered with walls and debris.

“You can’t think yourself out of a writing block; you have to write yourself out of a thinking block.” — John Rogers

Have you ever had a similar experience?

By Shari Marshall – 2021

3 thoughts on “Writing Sessions like Night & Day

  1. Shari,
    for me, it’s that damn first sentence/first paragraph, more times than not.
    I’m already at that point with my C post. So many directions to go.
    Have a good weekend.

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  2. Oh absolutely!

    My favorite way to get around it is to start narrating minutiae. “She walked to the car, she opened the door, and she got in. She buckled her seatbelt and turned on the car.” And so on, until something interesting happens. Many of those words might get cut, but they can often help me get out of the block. Great advice!

    Stopping by from A to Z!
    – Jayden Vincente
    Erotic fiction author

    A to Z 2021

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