Monday, April 23, 2007

Bad day

Today each sentence ran a gauntlet of trepidation and doubt before I finally wrestled it down on paper and moved on. At the 500 words mark my head felt empty, like I'd just taken a two hour exam. I took a break, shoveled cereal until I could take no more and faced the demon again.

I struggled with the descriptions the most. Each one screamed cliche! bland! ordinary! as I typed, making me long for the days of office politics, obnoxious clients and brain-numbing Basel II reports. Almost.

Eventually my brain refused to keep feeding me words and cut me off, so I had to stop. I had written 1751 words, but it had been the most disappointing and disheartening day since I'd started my novel.

Tomorrow better be another day.

11 comments:

Beccy said...

I have to admit to thinking that 1751 words is pretty good going but I guess it's the quality thet counts and whether you are happy with them.

Hope the creative juices flow tomorrow.

hellojed said...

Thanks beccy, I hope so too. It felt good to get it out and move on!

Angie said...

I've been having this problem for about a month...so frustrating! It's good that you're powering through it, because you can always edit later.
Better luck tomorrow. :)

hellojed said...

Thanks Angie, sorry that you're going through the same thing. I pity my future editing self!

alfaking said...

It's a hard time, I know. Relax and everything will be Ok. As Angie rightly says, don't bother about the edit now.
Good luck.

hellojed said...

Thanks Alfaking, you're right - it does help when I'm relaxed and not worried about how things are going.

Conortje said...

You need to have bad days in order to realise the good ones. It sucks but it's true.

Pb. said...

After most recent events, all I can say is...

keep going.

lauranen said...

Bad days and all, I really admire your commitment to write every day. I still have that old misconception in my head that creative writer types are all procrastinating bohemians that drink all night and sleep most of the day :D When you're that determined, it's good for your motivation to allow yourself a breather when you're getting resentful of writing.

hellojed said...

Thanks for all your comments, they really help. I'm taking a very chuffed and slightly smug breather now!

Macoosh said...

tomorrow always is another day. thank christ for that guarantee...