When the words get backed up

Everyone has a different idea of what it takes to be a good writer.

There are the write-every-day advocates. If you don’t get words down at least once every day, then you’re not a real writer, according to these guys.

Then there are the write-when-you-can clan. I like these guys better for the most part, but that may be because they make me feel better about myself when I can’t fit it in.

I would love to write every day. There was a time in my life when I did. But lately, with a new puppy around, and my recent trip to New Zealand, I’ve had a hell of a time even convincing myself to scribble things down in a notebook.

This is what happens when the words get backed up.

I’m talking about creative constipation, folks. So many words and ideas all jumbled together and trying to escape through my tiny window of free time all at once, so that none of them actually get out.

Sorry for the mental image, but that’s how it feels.

It’s not that I don’t have ideas. I do.

It’s not that I don’t still love to write. I do.

It’s not that I don’t have any time. I do.

The biggest issue I seem to be having right now is getting all of those things to work together at once so I get that perfect storm that leads to good writing.

So what am I going to do? With my self-instated deadline of having Justice Novel (book number two) finished by the end of the year, how am I going to make myself write?

Back to basics. A little at a time. It’s better to write for three minutes than not write at all. It’s better to write a thousand awful words than no words at all.


All this comes down to the fact that I will be doing National Novel Writing Month again this year, finishing what I started last November where I wrote the first 50,000 words of Justice Novel. I may not get another 50,000 words written, but hopefully I can at least finish my first draft and have a whole thing to work with rather than parts of something.

So I have one month to prepare. October will be full of character sketches, brainstorming ideas and plot points, and probably much wine. But hopefully in two months time, I will have finished the thing.

I’ll also be keeping you updated on my progress as much as possible. Please feel free to let me know in the comments if you’ll be doing NaNoWriMo this year too! Until next time, may your words come easily and your coffee be hot.


  • Amber Seah

    I’ll be working on book three of my series for NaNoWriMo. Will you be on Write a book with Als?

    • Yes, that’s the plan 🙂 Good luck with yours! What type of series is it?

      • Amber Seah

        It’s Historical Fiction following the life of a Manhattan girl who inherits the family print shop and accidentally falls in love with a nobleman’s son from Dartmoor.

  • Emma Rozsa

    Good luck! No matter on what you’re wanting to do, building the habit to do it is one of the hardest parts. Stick do it though – you are one of the most strongest and driven people I know. I’m looking forward to reading some more of your work.

  • I won’t be entering NaNo this year. I’ll be using the enthusiasm to edit however! 🙂

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