Truth is, I write best when I've got a lot on my plate. It's sort of like all or nothing. Either I'm putting out 1,000 - 10,000 words a day, or I'm piddling away for weeks on end. During the intense studio time of the year, all I have time for is piddling.
I've been trying to get in some plotting, trying to write a synopsis before finishing. But today I knuckled down and wrote, because intense studio time is over, and plotting is helpless for me. I need to just write.
And the first day back of writing-writing (as opposed to brainstorming and thinking and piddling) is really a killer, let me tell you.
After writing a bunch of dumb stuff, and in a panic that I've forgotten how to write, I pulled open my last story to see if I can actually write, and try to remember how I managed it last time. I read a little, and thought:
Who wrote this? How did this happen? How did these words get on this page? How did I put together a coherent story, especially with all of these threads?
And how come these sentences sound ... strong ... and I'm stringing a bunch of little weaklings together today? Am I, like, a totally different writer, now? Am I a different person? Was I inhabited by an alien, who actually wrote this, and not me?
Hopefully, after I do another long session of crap tonight, I'll find my inner writer again.
And then one of my students came in to her lesson today, one who's been avoiding a piece because she can't quite play it yet.
Mostly because she's afraid she can't play certain parts of it.
She stammers out a bunch of excuses.
I feel like saying, honey, I SO know where you are. You can't kid me. I've been where you are a thousand times.
Instead, I say, you gotta practice through the fear. You'll be amazed how quickly you get unstuck if you just plunge on through the fear, if you just sit down and work it out methodically.
Or, in the worst case, if you just squeeze your eyes shut and do it anyway.
So I pushed her through the scary parts, and she's feeling good.
So now I'm off to follow her example.
Ever get these feelings?