I am struggling to write.
Why does that happen to me? I am currently doing two writing courses, both of which are providing good stimuli and feedback. I can carry out the set tasks and I have the outline of what could be a really good piece of work. I make notes at every opportunity and I have three chapters written (sort of) but, when it comes to pulling those ideas into coherent shape, I use every avoidance tactic in the book – like writing this, for example.
The thing is, when I do manage to get started, the writing takes over and it flows. Sadly, that is not happening very often. As a result, I have several promising starts, a few ok middles but very few endings.
I want to be the sort of writer who can sit down and get on with it for two or three hours every day, preferably in the morning. Unfortunately, now that I’m not working, getting out of bed early is a real problem. I do better at night. The trouble is I’ve packed so much into the day that, when I do sit down in the evening to write, I’m so tired that I’m likely to fall asleep, mid-word. It’s not very conducive to great (or even mediocre) writing.
I think one of my problems is that I have always worked to deadlines so, when I haven’t got one, I can’t seem to motivate myself. Tell me I have to write a 4,000 word piece by this time tomorrow and I could do it because I know I have to but, without that pressure, I lack the necessary discipline.
Another factor is the number of other things I have to do each week. I know I’m retired but I’ve made a number of commitments to other people, on the basis of having more time which, ironically, means that I don’t have the time I need to write. And, because this is essentially a hobby, I can’t make it my top priority when the other things have more value to people than my scribbling.
So it looks as if my masterpiece will not be finished any time soon.
I’ll try again tomorrow.