Wednesday, April 24, 2013

A to Z Blogging Challenge: U is for Underwater!

Sometimes, as writers, we feel like we are trapped underwater. It happens to all of us - we get stuck on scenes, we stumble trying to find the right words, we hate the chapter we just finished, and we want to kill our main character's cousin/friend/lover off because he/she is boring and flat and useless. It's okay! Even though you feel like you're drowning and your oxygen is slowly bubbling up to the surface while you're anchored to the ocean floor, it's okay!

Stop panicking because you can't see the sunlight, slip on your scuba diving tank, and take a break. The story will be on the water's surface when you get back. Swim around, admire the tropical fish, hang out with a sea turtle, and join a family of dolphins. (Or you know, go for a walk, listen to music, grab some comfort food, or call up a friend to chat - if the sea life is a bit much for you LOL)

Writers always need a break. Sometimes, in that drowning moment, we need to realize it's okay if we don't know what we're doing. Eventually, a little fish will swim by and spark a strand of seaweed somewhere within your brain, and you'll be back on the surface basking in the glory of the sun again. So keep swimming. One day you'll have a pretty boat to show the world, and you'll have the confidence to venture even further out into the ocean.

What do you do when you're stressed and feel trapped underwater? How do you overcome that feeling of drowning?

1 comment:

  1. I just write through it, like swimming against a current. I remind myself that it doesn't need to be good... that's what edits and rewrites are for.