I love trying to be a writer. I have all kinds of ideas, but getting them on paper (or on screen, these days) is not always my forte. I have a blog post I’ve been working on since April. It’s more history about the witchery of the Americas, and specifically Central and South America witchery. I’ve got a pretty clear idea of what I want it to say, but I can’t get make the words work, and it’s very frustrating.
I was very inspired after seeing Iron Maiden earlier this month. (First to the Barrier!) Anyways, Eddie (their mascot) is Mayan this time, and their stage is pyramids and jungle and just very cool. So my head is full of the imagery and it’s very in line with what I’m trying to write. Alas, the concert afterglow did not knock any words loose. (Picture attached to show the some of the set – not to brag about how close I was.)
So, my apologies for a whiny blog. If I get this finished, I’ll post it immediately. Because I’m afraid if I don’t, it will disappear into the ether.
Sid says: Sometimes, the words just won’t come. It doesn’t mean you’re blocked, or that the idea isn’t a good one; mostly it means that it’s just not the right time. I’m with both Mickie and James on this one – I’ve been trying to write the blog about the water supernaturals of PCEarth for six months. As you saw with the May blog, the words just wouldn’t come. Part of the issue may be that we’re wrapping up the first trilogy, so we’re tying off loose ends, cleaning up, doing synopses, dealing with the website, etc. – the business portion of writing – and not actually writing, which means we’re not living in PCEarth at the moment, like we do when we’re in novel-writing mode. Or there’s the fact that we’re putting so much work into these stories, but we’re putting an equal amount of work into creating a rich, diverse, living world for these stories to exist in, and creation is difficult, exhausting work. Even God/Gaia/the gods (pick your pantheon) took a break on the 7th day, after all.
James says: This resonates so much with me. I love writing; it’s one of my favorite things to do. But sometimes the words just aren’t there no matter how much I push the ol’ brain cells. I have had to step back from the historical witch biographies because so much work on side projects can drain you. And then, there’s the fact that sometimes writing is just plain hard!
A great quote I read once applies: “Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank computer screen until drops of blood form on your forehead.”