Writer’s unblock

  • By Alison
  • 8 January, 2016
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Today I found myself writing. Proper writing – not writing cheques, or instructions on how not to stack the dishwasher. Not passive aggressive notes on which compost bin to use (it wasn’t that one). Not reminders to pay a parking fine or do paperwork. Not Brownie meeting plans, but real writing on a dusty but never forgotten story that I’ve been avoiding writing on for several years now.

I haven’t written in this blog for about the same amount of time, and I know why. It’s because there was a post I felt I had to write, and I just couldn’t. I didn’t even sit down to write, because I feared facing that topic.

It was a personal and emotional one – one that no-one else really wants to read anyway. So you’re all off the hook.

I didn’t start writing straight away – I read through what I’ve got so far. And it still seemed good. Typos like you wouldn’t believe, extra words that don’t make sense, and a total lack of continuity of spelling of the main characters. There is also the fact that someone knew someone else longer than they’d been alive. Which was weird.

But reading through it made me tearful and it made me smile. I want to carry them forward on the journey I started them on.

I wrote 1000 words.

It’s so little, but it’s a start on that journey. There is no irony in the fact that they are on a journey of existence, as well as a literal one – and perhaps a literary one.

I also have something I didn’t have 5 years ago, when I started writing it – a member of my target audience living in my house. A living breathing devourer of books, whose taste in fiction matches my own. Who is now begging to read the next chapter, having had a look at the first (unedited rambling) chapter. She thought it was an extract of a book I might buy her, and she’s now wide eyed at the thought that I wrote it.

I only hope my number one fan can be crititcal!

Categories: writing and muses

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