For my first monthly post in the Insecure Writers Support Group Blog Hop, I choose to write about my writing fears, with the hope I can own them. In ascending order of mind-numbing horribleness, here are my plotting and daily word count anxieties:
- I’ll realize I didn’t adequately plot my story, and fall into a plot hole so big, I’ll wake up screaming every night because I can’t crawl out. And my fingernails will get all dirty and shit from the dirt in my big dirty hole, and then my keyboard will get stupid clogged.
- With a novel pressing on my temporal lobe, or whatever lobe it is that triggers kindness and tact, I’ll alienate friends, family and everyone I cross paths with. Then my only friends will be my characters, and what if they suck?
- I’ll fall a day behind in my daily word count goal, or heaven forbid, TWO. Then my self esteem will plummet to the wrong side of the Charlie Brown-Trump spectrum, never to recover. You may be asking yourself, which side is the wrong side? Good question friends. Good question.
- I’ll be so focused on hitting the magic word-count number that I’ll sacrifice quality for quantity, and the result will be a big pile of incoherent words, stinking up the compost pile.
- I’ll burn out, then allow myself to take a break from writing under the pretense of recharging, only to realize it’s a year later, and the best writing I’ve done was the snappy answer on that survey where the only options given were “male” and “female.”
Add your plotting and daily word count anxieties to the comments, and may the act disencumber you of the icky feelings that hold you back from setting or reaching your writing goals.
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