Writing is Hard Work

The words feel slippery today, as if they’re a pat of butter sliding across a sizzling skillet. Take a fork and stab them, but they’ll slide on past. The words seem to dissolve, leaving nothing more than an iridescent residue on my page–nothing I can build with. Nothing than even resembles a good idea.

I flip through writing prompts on my phone, hoping for inspiration, but looking becomes the distraction I’m hoping to avoid. The clocks ticks. The wind shakes the leaves on the trees outside my window, and still, the words sizzle and fizz into nothing.

It’s never easy when writing becomes work.

Prose Lovers, What do you all do when you’re “just not feeling it”? How do you get over writer’s block or push through less-inspired days? Please, leave me a comment or maybe a writing prompt. I would love the help.- K

6 thoughts on “Writing is Hard Work

  1. Hi Katie, I read Night Terrors, and this piece this morning. I’d mix in plainer language and shorter sentences with your visual descriptions. I think you’re doing well because writing IS hard work.
    Have you read Stephen King’s, “On Writing?” I like his conversational style and dialogue. I can hear his voice–I’m there with him, present tense.

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    1. Hi Arnold 😊 Thanks for the feedback. I am always experimenting with my style so it’s much appreciated. I haven’t read King’s “On Writing”, but I’ve heard some writers really enjoy his suggestions so I might get around to it one of these days.

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      1. I will definitely have to check it out. Is King someone who really influenced you in your writing journey? I confess I haven’t read any of his books because I’ve never been a horror fan, but I think he has a few that aren’t horror, like his novel about the Kennedy assassination.

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      2. I chatted with King briefly back in ’96. And our writing teacher used On Writing in ’97, and wanted him to join us for one class. (Didn’t happen.)
        Anyway yes, that book literally spoke to me. Shows how his real-life experiences turn into his stories. On Writing is a great story first, with writing suggestions too.

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      3. Aww, it would have been so cool if he’d been able to get to your class. Still really cool you got to meet him. I will add On Writing to my TBR, for sure. Glad you stopped in and chatted for a minute.

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