I’ve been feeling rather uninspired lately. Not writing anything of my novel at all, and days to go. I think instead, I’ll do what I used to. Print out what I’ve got and read it through. I’ve forgotten where I’ve left off characters, changed place and character names. Some need to be renamed. I’ve got one I call “Ack” and my antagonist is called “Grace.” This used to be automatic in my head. Names just came to me, and they were right. Characters came into my head fully formed.
No more. I need to put together a list of the place names, I’ve got more characters to bring into the story, if only for a time, and they all need names and descriptions. How much difficulty do you have with characters in your writing? Do your characters introduce themselves to you, or do you have to pull them kicking and screaming from the ether?
I’ve got to change the way I write, and that’s hard. Some days I have my mind full of ideas, other days the ideas flit in and out as fast as a lightning bug, one driving out the other. Then there are days like this, where my mind is totally blank. Takes me hours to finish a three paragraph blog entry. Yay PMS MS! Always some symptom flare up with PMS, lately it’s this blank feeling. Like being high, but not necessarily having a good time.
Pessimism rears it’s ugly head; maybe my creative writing is behind me? Maybe time to quit trying. But I know I won’t.