Obstacle #17: Follow through

Merry Friday, folks!

I still can’t believe it’s July, despite the urge to cry (from stress) every time I look at my planner for this month.

In any case, today’s post is possibly the last for a while due to 1) international move and correlated job hunting, and 2) lack of topic ideas! You can’t help with 1, but you can really save me with 2! I’ll most likely post something to announce my absence, but in the meantime, use the new, shiny Contact page!

And now, for today’s topic, I give you: follow through. A.k.a: coming up with one (or several) clever turn(s) of phrase, but not be able to follow through for the rest of the sentence/paragraph/scene.

You know, the one where you’re really proud and it’s possibly the best sentence you’ve written, EVER! And the rest just seems bland. So blah indeed that even with a dash of pepper, paprika and turmeric it still lacks that amazing mixed-spices taste that amazing sentence left you with.

When that happens, I usually try to keep writing to avoid getting stuck and when I’m in the mood for editing, then I’ll play with words and tweak parts until it’s about halfway there. When other people read it, they don’t really tell me “Wow that one sentence was awesome, but the rest… meh.”

Maybe like everything else, our loudest critic is our inner voice(s)?

But of course, lack of “follow through”s doesn’t have to be just language-wise, it could be plain idea wise. After this epic twist plot, the rest of the story might not live up to the excitement, or the sadness. When that happens and you’re really stuck, maybe it’s time to think back on your own life on moments where the follow through was disappointing. For instance, a trailer 100x better than the actual movie, some things that make/made you go “Why me?” are good starters.

Take those memories, those emotions and put them in your story. From there, your “if only this had happened” voice will kick in and it might give you a piece of the puzzle you’re creating.

Writer’s block has a huge, complex family, and each family member has one annoying quality we can’t get away from. Maybe with time we get used to those annoyances, but I’m still in the “ugh, go away!” category. Is there a cure? Probably not, and if there was, it wouldn’t be a one size fits all.

Just remember, pobody’s nerfect! If you’re struggling, so is everyone else.

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