For me the most difficult part is actually getting the words onto the page. Because it’s so hard I resist it and do all sorts of things to avoid even trying. Especially if I'm writing something someone else might read – current wip, this blog post, stuff for my day job.
So often I just don’t know what to say. Then the fear takes over. What if I’m not really a writer? What if I never finish another book? What if I sit down with my pen and notepad (or at the computer – though I struggle even more when it’s just me and the keyboard) and nothing comes out or I can’t get beyond the first few pages of this wip that has been waiting for me? How many stories will I start and not finish? Say I get past chapter one or five…how will I know what’s supposed to come next? And then...what if it sucks big time?
I tell myself that I have written a book and that if I can complete one, then I can finish another. If I share a secret, do you promise not to laugh at me? I like “having it written,” but not the actual writing part. I know! Shameful thing for a writer to admit.
Want to hear something else? Give me a picture or a writing prompt and I’ll get words on the page. Give me some random words for our Mission Possible exercises and I can string them into a sentence. I love writing exercises. Maybe it’s because some of the pressure is off. If I have a picture or prompt, I know what I’m writing toward. But write a story just out of my head? I guess the trick will be to find enough pictures, enough ‘prompts’ to plot out this current wip and get words on the page followed by more words and even more until I reach the end. And then I can edit and revise [which is one of my favorite parts of writing]. And then type “the end” and submit it to an editor.
And then I’ll have to start all over again. That may be what truly scares me the most.