I never used to have a problem with the big nasty that all writers face at some point in their career–the dreaded Writer’s Block. I always had ideas that needed words, stories that needed telling, characters to meet, plots to unfold. And then I…didn’t. I got frustrated. I sat and stared at the monitor. I put away the frustrating WIP, tried to work on other ideas but…nada. So the frustration built. And no matter how hard I pushed, the words just wouldn’t come. Well, words came, just not the right ones. So things stalled. Completely. And time passed. LOTS of time. I truly feared that I’d never find the words. So I started looking for answers, and I found this tucked back in my draft folder:
You can have what you want, do what you dream, and brave what you fear, Silver, if you first see it done in your mind.
And truly, Silver, your imagination is world class. Although just which “world” is still being hotly debated.
Once upon a time, I would have agreed that I had a world-class imagination. Lately? Not so much, but still, something clicked with this message from the Universe. So I walked away from the keyboard, the stories, and the words. I quit trying to force them. I did some short 250-word themed flash fiction that really didn’t have much to do with anything but…new words based on a prompt. And then one night, while lying awake staring into the dark, a story started taking shape. The beginning words resonated. And the next morning, I sat and wrote. A chapter. Just one, but it’s the first chapter. And maybe…just maybe, the next 45,000 words will come as well.
Are you dreaming about what you want? Or do you fear it will never happen?