This blog follows how a romance novel set in the Borders of medieval Scotland is researched, written and hopefully *hopefully* published.

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Thursday, March 01, 2007

The Ugliest Fish Around...Flounder!

So I was thinking about the greatest danger to wouldbe writers--floundering. Please note the very ugly fish to the right. Nothing pretty about it, is there?

I've been victim to floundering a time or two (well, more like dozens of times over the course of my life). My focus shifts and I dig into new ideas that attract my attention and new tools that beg me to try them to improve my writing life. Sometimes I try to hide from my writing--a bad page or two can make me want to disappear. And what does that make my writing? Relatively flat when compared to my moments of great passion, commitment and obsessive writing.

So how might one defeat floundering?

I think recognizing you do it is a good first step.

Realizing how it impacts your writing (or lack of it) should help bolster you against its fishy attacks.

Perhaps remembering what first "hooked" you with the idea for your current story will help reel you back in to continuing your work on it.

If none of that seems to work--find a buddy who's in the same boat and see if you can both work through it together.

Set deadlines with each other.

Exchange manuscripts and set firm goals--who will you submit your story to? Post those goals where you see them daily and remember--you are a writer as long as you are writing.

So get to it!

Nobody likes cold-fish handshakes or the smell of old fish... Be free of floundering!

I, as author of this brief mess, do hereby apologize for all the fish references ;-) But, for Heaven's sake--write--express yourself, your characters and the worlds which live inside you! :-)

Much LOVE!
~Saoirse

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