Staying Interested in Your Own Writing

Sometimes, as a writer, you may encounter quite a few challenges. You may end up with carpal tunnel or writer’s block or may get so distracted by your thoughts that you end up blocking a busy hallway. Who knows? Anyway, writing isn’t always fun. It can be excruciating. You may write twelve drafts of the same paragraph and not be happy with it? At this point, many people who aren’t writers will ask, “Then why do it?” And the answer to that question is, “Simply because we’re compelled to.” Writers have a compulsion to do so, it is a fixation and even if they go mad while trying to churn out a masterpiece, they will go mad willingly. If not gladly.

Philip Roth once said, “The road to hell is paved with works-in-progress.” He couldn’t have been more right. Too many attempts and nothing satisfactory. Any writer will tell you that they go through slumps. Isn’t that just writer’s block? No. No, it isn’t. Writer’s block is when you actually wish to write but cannot think of what you should put on the page. If you want to know more about how to defeat that enemy check out my earlier post: What To Do When Your Writing Is St