Frustrating writing days

I have days where I can’t write, and today is one of those days. It’s thoroughly frustrating because I’ve got a day off, the cats are being nice and sleeping next to me (versus on me), and the boys were busy with a car so I had peace and quiet. And….nope.

I’ve got things I want to write. I’ve got a wide variety of projects in a wide variety of stages; one Greensky novel that needs a section adding, several that are in the writing stage, a dystopian erotica that’s plotted and needs work, a short horror story that I need to finish, a piece of erotica that’s in my head and won’t come out properly, two pieces to read and comment on for other people…

And I’m stuck. I can’t get in to any of it. I feel like I’ve hit a wall; my brain won’t even come up with the words, let alone get them out. I can’t see where anything needs to go, can’t grasp the story for any of it.

I heard once that writer’s block was just laziness – and I think that a little of it is. I could sit down and try to force the words out, try to get the sections of story at least plotted. But I know – from experience – that it doesn’t end well for me. I get words down, yes, but I end up re-writing the entire thing. I’d much rather leave it for the day, and hope that tomorrow is a better day for writing.

On the plus side, I’ve been pointed at Bright Eyes and She&Him by a friend, so I’m going to eat chocolate and work through their back catalogues instead. I count that as productive!

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at writingandcoe.co.uk. When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.