I am thankful that I have not experienced what they call “writer’s block” at any time while writing this book. In fact, I have not struggled at all with what to write.
When I first began, I outlined the book in about 30 minutes. I eventually added a couple of more chapters and tweaked some a little bit. But, for the most part, the thoughts have come freely. Maybe it is because the story is mostly what we have been living for the past few years.
Even so, I have experienced an ebb and flow in my writing. Some days the thoughts flow through my fingers to the keyboard quickly. I write without concern of grammar or syntax just to get the thoughts out while they are fresh. I have had moments where I write nonstop for a couple of hours. Before I know it, I have written a couple of thousand words. I like those days!
Then, other days, I can sit and read and reread what I have written trying to decide how to proceed. Again, I would not call it writer’s block, because I have a general idea of what I want to write. Instead, I struggle with how to say it. Those days are not as fun, but still productive.
So, I experience a definite ebb and flow as I write, as if the days that the words are pouring out are like waves crashing up onto shore. And, the days that the writing is more deliberate and reflective, it is more like the tide slowly retreating out to sea, building energy for the next crashing wave.
I am learning how to not fight the ebb and flow. But, instead use it to write to the best of my ability.
I hope to begin a full editing phase sometime next week. If you would be interested in reading my manuscript for editing purposes, please let me know.