The Joys of Writer’s Block

If you’ve read my earlier post, you will know that I’ve started a new project recently (Project X, or Project Fairytale, because I can’t come up with a more creative name). When the idea came to me, I was so excited about posting the results! By the time I wrote about it here, I already knew which character I wanted to write about first, what her background story might be, how I was going to structure it all…

So one sunny afternoon, I sat down with my laptop, ready to form my ideas into a neat, lovely little story. And… nothing. I wrote a little paragraph, then edited it, then re-edited it, deleted some of it, rewrote other parts, but still, nothing seemed to click. Eventually, I managed to write a page and a half, which I was quite excited about, after having nothing but a paragraph for days. I was going to publish it, but I wasn’t sure how I felt about it. Because I wanted to publish something quick, I felt as if it was good enough, but I couldn’t be sure, so I asked my father (i.e. my editor) to read it, and we both agreed that I can do better. I wrote that piece much too fast because I really wanted to publish something soon, especially since a few more people have begun to follow my blog (thank you!) and I really want to start putting more of my work out there for people to see.

Still, I need to think about quality too, and I wasn’t that happy with what I’d written. So, I’ve decided to give it a few days, and when I can put something on paper that works, I will be sure to post it here. Even if it takes a while, I will be happy with it as long as I know I couldn’t have written it any better. Granted, I am somewhat of a perfectionist, but something will be posted here sooner or later (hopefully sooner)!

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