Wednesday, 27 July 2011

The Writer's Block Myth - My Thoughts and Perceptions

Does it exist? Or is it a myth?

Some writers believe it does exist and they talk about having it. Then others say that they haven’t had it since it doesn’t exist. The truth is that writer’s block has no physical manifestation and some people have it because they have simply written something that has led them into that position or have written too much in a short space of time and are suffering from burnout.

There is no pathogen or cause for writer’s block. It is simply something that won’t affect some of them. My theory is that this only happens to writers who don’t plan meticulously before they start writing. You are less likely to encounter writer’s block when you already know what is coming next. Those who don’t plan, may go off on different tangents and write themselves into a hole. Another point, don’t write as fast as you can or you will get tired and writer’s block will hit you. If you get burnout, just take a day off to relax and enjoy yourselves. Writer’s block for writers is what sick days are to employees. Sometimes you just cannot go into work.

It may result in a few days or even weeks of not being able to write but there are many good points about writer’s block that many do not understand. Instead of describing writer’s block as a curse writers face, we should consider it to be a sign that something has gone wrong and needs to be fixed.

What to do when you have writer’s block?
1)     Go back and read through what you have written recently
2)     Read/study your outline. If you don’t have one, make one. I’ll write a post about outlining methods soon. 

3)    Take a break. This could be a day or two. During this break, consider your outline and think about what could come next. Don’t write during this break. 

4)    Go back to your writing and read through it again while making notes on what needs to come next. 

5)   Continue writing. If you find you still cannot, something has gone wrong in your writing and you need to go back and find it. You have written yourself into a hole.

So what do I think about writer’s block?

Well I’ve had it quite a few times and it can definitely get really annoying. Due to other problems and writer’s block, I’ve had periods of time (anywhere from a few days to about half a year) where I haven’t written at all. It can be stressful at times and at other times, I am so stressed I just stop. I do think it exists but I don’t interpret it as being something bad and instead, I like to know that my body is telling me that I need to stop and take a while off. It comforts me that my body is telling me when enough is enough.

My personal tips:
1)       Don’t worry. It will go away soon if you let it. Don’t stress. Stress = can’t write. 

2)       Keep a diary. When you do get writer’s block, at least you have something to read. Plus, diaries can help you identify where your problems are. And they’ll last forever unlike the memories stored in your brain which will decay as time passes. 

3)      Explore. Don’t sit in your living room, in front of the television with a packet of crisps. First, you’ll get fat. Second, going out and doing something such as taking clothes to a charity store, going on a run, going swimming, taking a hike, will be stuff you can do while you de-stress and give you more material to write about. Write about what you know. If you spend all day on the settee, you won’t have much to write about and you won’t be a very interesting person. 

4)      Take a long shower. You’ll feel refreshed and comforted at the same time. I find that my best ideas come to me when I’m in the shower. I don’t know why but maybe it’s because you’re not distracted when in there.

5)      Be happy. Smile. It’s good for you.

Happy Ghostings!

Ghostie Girl  

Friday, 22 July 2011

Why I'm Not In Love With Young Adult Books Right Now

I walk into a bookshop and go straight to the teens section. Until very recently, we didn't have teen sections in bookshops. They were mixed into the children's section.

Most of the books I see in the teens section are based around paranormal romance. Most of them aren't any good. I've picked many up and it seems like they were all written by the same person. Some of them have been okay and others have been so bad, I've not even finished reading them.

It doesn't look like this trend is going to stop because now Dystopians are making their mark. Except, these dystopians are soppy YA romances which go along the lines of "I've only known you for a short time but I must fight this horrible regime so I can be with you forever".

Seriously? Dystopian Lit is very respectable (I still don't like Brave New World. That was icky) but YA Dystopian is too busy focusing on love at first sight romances rather than the prospects of facing a future regime like those we see ins books, or teaching us to beware of the world we live in. After I read Brave New World, I learnt to observe the world around me to find that we are living in our own type of dystopia.

So far, I have not found a YA Dystopia being released/or recently released, that serves as a warning and instead tells us we need to fight for someone we love. It just seems to superficial. This isn't what Dystopia is about people!

Anyway, here are some books that have come out that are classified as YA that I am actually interested in reading.

Happy Ghostings! 
Ghostie Girl

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Really Weird Introduction Post That No One Will Read

I guess introductions should be made by me for the sake of basic manners.

I have a name but it isn’t ghostiegirl. I would tell you my name but I want to be able to write a  blog without people I know finding it. I’m 18, have no money and wish to be an author one day.

My mind is currently being taken over by two novels I have been working on. One is a sort of children’s fantasy which includes some elements of a dystopian and the other is a Gothic young adult novel set in the modern day and in the early 1700’s.

I’m hoping to finish one of them by the end of the year so I can edit and then send off to agents which should be fun. I know you’re probably setting yourself up for an automatic rejection when you query an agent but there’s no other way unfortunately. Either that or I walk into the dark and dangerous world of self-publishing.

I don’t have anything wrong with self-publishing but it’s very difficult to get somewhere if you are a self-published author and not all of us are Amanda Hocking.

I’ve written many blogs before but I’ve always just walked away from them or have deleted them. I usually get to a point that I stop posting and see no reason to. When you first create a blog, you fall in love and you post nearly every day but after a few weeks, the novelty wears off and you soon dread having to come up with another post. The other problem is readers. When you’re first starting off, you don’t usually have any and so have to work at getting people to come on your blog. Often, you will get tired and will eventually drop off the face of the blogging world.  

I will now end this post as I have to go fill out job applications (stupid recession), write my novels, do my summer homework (yes, I am incredibly unlucky) and drink something (because I have a sore throat).

Happy Ghostings To All!

Ghostie Girl