This is from Jeanie. She was having Blogger difficulties. :-)
As writers we approach the craft in different ways. Some of us are plotters with flow charts and character profiles and some of us are pantsers, surprised at how our own story unfolds. And that's great. I'm glad we don't all approach writing in the same way. How boring would that be?
But just as we go about the process of writing in different ways, most of us probably have different things that cause us to stumble.
For me, it's beginning a new chapter.
By the time I've finished a chapter I've reviewed and revised and tweaked and prodded the darn thing until I'm satisfied with it. That's not to say it's perfect, but I'm usually pretty pleased with the result. There's this rush, this feeling of excitement at having finished one more block of the story to my satisfaction and then . . .
Then I have to do it all over again! When I start a new chapter, I usually have a rough idea what I want to happen in the next few pages, but I agonize about how best to start. Do I pick up where I left off, jump forward in time to keep up the pace or switch to a different POV and character altogether? What is the most effective way to move the story forward? This is my own personal bugaboo, a crisis that happens over and over again at the start of every new chapter. Once I get, say, five hundred words down that I'm reasonably happy with, I'm good to go. But that blank page, that new start to the mini story that is every new chapter always makes me nervous and anxious.
And in the back of my mind is the gnawing fear that I might not be able to do it again.
So, having laid bare my own neurosis for all to see, what battles do you face in your own writing? What makes you pull your hair out and gnaw your bottom lip with worry? Endings, dialogue, exposition, sex scenes? How about adverbs? she asked innocently.
Come on, I can't be the only one. Fess up.