I’m seriously one scene away from having a completed novel and I CAN’T SEEM TO WRITE IT. WHAT IS MY PROBLEM?
It’s like a spying/knowledge discovery scene where she sneaks around a psych ward after getting invited in on an internship. I’ve actually written a page of it (it helps me to start a new document and write the scene there before dropping it in the main document) and I have the basic idea of what’s going to happen. But for some reason I always find myself working on something else. Which is completely unhelpful to my progress to being a published author, because I can’t exactly publish and promote an unfinished book.
Anyway. Whine, whine, whine.
I’ve gotten into this weird habit where I’m dumping a lot of time into writing and then feeling bad about it because my brain is telling me I should probably be doing something like cleaning the house. Writing isn’t an immediate reward process (at least when you’re starting out – maybe it’s better later?) and it’s hard to feel like it’s “productive” in the sense that most of society expects us to be.
Maybe this is just the whole growing up problem where I’m starting to worry more about responsibilities than doing things I enjoy. Since writing isn’t exactly a money-making prospect at the moment, it’s just for pleasure and fun.
Or investing in my future and happiness. One or the other.
I know the neuroses of writers and their craft is endless and there are ton of different perspectives. What are you struggling with right now as a writer?