3 comments on “Finding my way – the writer’s quandary

  1. Great post, Caron. Your comment “I worry I’ve forgotten how to write”, made me smile, I know the feeling only too well. It especially hits if I take more than a few days off writing fiction. I’ve kept a journal for years and it helps to sometimes look back and see the frustrations that an earlier piece of work caused and know that eventually they were worked through. As a fellow pantser I think the problems often arise because I am trying to force the characters to act in a certain way rather than allow them to develop instinctively. Journaling about issues I’m having with characters certainly helps pinpoint the problem, but I find you can’t rush it.

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    • For me it goes in cycles of feeling ridiculously confident to the point of arrogance, followed by the writing blues! I’ve mellowed over the years and learned to ride the waves up and down without too much agonising. Journals are a great help, aren’t they! Plus they have the benefit of saving our long-suffering partners from too much of an ear-bashing!

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