I’m up to page 80 of the first draft, with maybe 2-3 pages to go to hit that next major plot point, which would put me approximately 7-8 pages over. Not necessarily too bad.
But there have been times lately, especially in the past few weeks, when writing feels more like work, which it really shouldn’t.
I’m not going to call it burnout, but it feels mighty close to that. Call it the writer’s equivalent of battle fatigue.
I don’t like it, and what bothers me more is the why.
Maybe it’s from not exercising as much, so my energy levels are down. On the other hand, I did two 13-mile runs in just under a week, so maybe I’ve exhausted myself.
Or maybe it’s psychological. The ever-present concern whether people will like the end result is shaking my confidence, which makes it hard to focus.
A lot of writers say they write because they can’t imagine doing anything else. I agree, but what do you do when it’s tough to actually write?
It’s not writer’s block. I know the material. And it’s not motivation. Believe me, I really want to get this done.
The biggest drawback to all of this is if I’m not mentally jazzed about writing, the writing’s going to reflect that.
I could have an incredibly thrilling action sequence ready to go, but it might read as sluggish, listless or, god forbid, lazy.
It’s one thing to say to yourself “Keep going! You can do it!” It’s another to actually put those words into effect.
-Movie of the Moment – MAN OF STEEL (2013) Talk about tired and listless. How can a movie about Superman feel so empty? The special effects were impressive – I’d expect nothing less – but in terms of story and characters, I was very disappointed there wasn’t more of a sense of fun to it.
A friend says they were following the Nolan/DARK KNIGHT model and going for dark and brooding, which is what Batman’s all about anyway.
For a character with the nickname of the Big Blue Boy Scout, ‘dark and brooding’ isn’t exactly what comes to mind.
V and I saw it, and there were a few times she asked “Is it almost over?” This is a child who really enjoys a good comic book movie, and she’s known about Superman since she was really little, so when she asks that, you know it’s not a good sign.