There is nothing I want more than to be able to create a story as magical as J.K.Rowling or as intense as Stephen King, but I have come to find I am my own worst enemy – either that or I just can’t write…
Ignoring that possibility, I still continue to tackle my very own fictional characters and worlds, desperate to make one come to life on paper. But there are some pretty hectic obstacles I have to overcome first before that can happen.
You start to question your entire career.
Okay, so I don’t exactly want to be a fictional author for a living, but Journalism comes pretty close and what I’ve learned is that trying to write fiction can really make you question your abilities as a writer. I mean how hard is it to come up with a plot, really? The answer is exceptionally; it is exceptionally hard.
You waste hours fawning over every little detail.
I have legitimately sat and wondered about a characters skin tone and features for a whole day. No joke. The most stressful thing about this struggle is that you constantly feel as though you’re not getting anywhere (oh, and that whole day could have been spent uploading your blog or submitting pieces to magazines). As a graduate especially, when it is vital to be proactive in your career, there is nothing I hate more than feeling like I am wasting my time. It’s because of this that I always end up sacrificing fiction writing for Journalism when I don’t always want to. Like seriously, how did Dan Humphrey go to class, write a novel and be Gossip Girl all at once?!
You start to stare, a lot.
Admittedly I have always been a bit of a people watcher (okay, that’s an understatement, I love it), but since starting to write fiction, I find myself watching a person’s every move for way longer than deemed socially acceptable. Be it a lady on the bus or a man I serve at work, I can’t help but ponder their features and mannerisms to see if I want any to contribute to my characters. Sorry guys.
You find yourself just rewriting your favourite books, films and TV shows.
This one is sooooo frustrating I can’t even deal. It’s so hard to not start writing in features of one of your favourite characters or mimicking a plot line you loved so much. While it’s okay to use things you love for inspiration, it’s just not the same if the idea isn’t yours (plus you know, that’s illegal so don’t do that).
You tend to give up for long periods of a time.
Because of all these frustrating restrictions that come to writing original fiction, it can be easy to put it off for long periods of a time. I am definitely guilty of this. But it’s important to keep reading and writing even if you don’t feel like divulging into a novel for a week or so (or a month in my case), not writing at all will only damage your self-esteem when it comes back round.
Let me know any issues you guys face when trying to piece together a story and how you get round it – no seriously, please help me!