Everybody talks about Writer’s Block. But today I am discussing something that (for me) is far more common. That silly stubbornness, that propensity to procrastinate; what I like to call… Writer’s Wrefusal.
You see, there is a semi-major plot device in my book that is about to change. And it’s about time. That device has always been passable at best. I remember writing it and thinking, “well, I don’t really know what else to do, so…” But now, after a few months and a few beta-reader reviews and some brain-storming with my own personal creative think-tank (my husband), I’ve found a different device! A stronger device with more character! You’d think that after all that time I’d be rarin’ to fix those sentences, cut those paragraphs, and make the whole story way more interesting…
And when I put it like that I’m almost ready to do it. Almost.
But the whole thing seems so daunting. All those paragraphs… in all those chapters… finding new dialogue… keeping up the pace while adding more words… moving locations of character descriptions…? Still keeping things natural and not forced…?
And the kicker? Even when it’s done, it’s not done. I’ll have to go back over the whole thing and continue to edit.
So maybe I should just put on my big girl panties (I can feel my mom cringing at that phrase from hundreds of miles away), call it Whiner’s Wrefusal instead of Writer’s Wrefusal, make myself some (more) coffee, and get to work. What do you think? Anybody else out there struggle with this? How do you get over it?