Kelly Maher


Blockage

Any writer who tells you they have never experienced writer’s block is probably a person who is exceptionally good at putting their nose to the grindstone and powering through to the other side. I bet they end up cutting a lot of what they’ve written at that point, but more power to them for continuing to write! I hit a block with the manuscript I’m currently rewriting a little more than a few months ago. I was talking it out with a friend last week, and I realized that it’s not that I don’t know what to write at this point. I actually know *exactly* what needs to get written at this point. Turns out, I think, that I’m afraid of what I need to write. I originally left this scene out in the first draft and subsequent revision. I kind of included it as part of a debriefing scene later in the book. But that scene lacks power. This book is Georgia’s, and that’s not really how I’ve been writing it.

I love Georgia. She’s probably the most autobiographical of all of my heroines. Not because I can do what she can do (my high school chemistry teacher would greatly agree with this), but because her faults are so close to my own. To write this scene, and the book, I will need to face the mirror and accept my own drawbacks. And then, find ways to turn them into strengths. Which, when you don’t think you’ve been successful in doing that in life makes you wonder if you can convince readers of the fiction.

When you procrastinate from doing something you know you need to do, how do you convince yourself to do it?

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