One of the most commonly spouted words of wisdom given to writers, especially in the face of the crippling and dreaded Writer’s Block, is to keep writing anyway. Even if the words are downright terrible and awful, it’s better to have some words flowing out of you than nothing at all. And I’m a big supporter of this idea, though lately, I’ve been feeling a little bit of a hypocrite in that respect. I feel the situation is a bit complicated by the fact that I’m not necessarily suffering from Writer’s Block as I am merely Project Block.
It’s been about a week since I’ve submitted anything to Morgan Dragonwillow’s awesome Teen Fantasy Anthology Contest. I’ve been starting a lot of pieces, but either I just don’t have the time to finish them or I just can’t get a handle on the prompt. Needless to say, I’m pretty much out for the 30 stories in 30 days part of the contest, but I’ve still managed to get in at least four entries that I wouldn’t have written otherwise, and I’m hoping to break this funk regarding the contest soon.
But can I really feel bad about the lack of words being written for this project? Because, while my creative energy just seems to fizzle out with the prompts, it’s been going crazy elsewhere. I’ve started in on two new novels, and most of my energy has been focused into Serpent in a Cage, which is my biggest and most important WIP. Also, there are still 17 more chances to get something else into the Anthology. It isn’t as if I haven’t been just writing anyway…I’ve just been writing other stuff.
I’m curious to hear some thoughts from my readers about this. Do you believe it’s important to push through a Writer’s Block by just writing even if you’re not feeling it? What about when it comes to projects? Should you still try to work on the project you’re not feeling as much, or is it a better idea to just channel all that energy where it wants to go, rather than trying to force it to do something else? I think it’s much better to just go where your creativity and energy takes you, so I won’t be feeling guilty (except maybe a little) about my lack of productivity in one area….so long as I’m seeing productivity in other areas. What do you think?
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