On Not Writing Enough

I haven’t done enough writing this week. I often feel that, but in this case, it’s actually true. I haven’t actually done enough writing for a few weeks now, and I find myself procrastinating more and more, and feeling worse and worse about it.

So what stopped the momentum?

A bout of illness certainly didn’t help, and it’s been hard to get back into the rhythm since then, but I don’t think that’s it. I seem to be stuck on an actual chapter, and it occurs to me that the way this chapter is outlined is the problem.

It’s hard to write, mostly because I realise it has no conflict in it.

No internal conflict, no external conflict. Nothing. And the times when I do find the words flowing, it’s when I am injecting some artificial conflict into proceedings. So, I’m going to strip it back down and build the chapter again, making sure this time to add some, you know, actual drama to the story.

I’ll let you know if it works.

Not sure what clip to end the post with now.

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