Frank Fiore – Novelist & Screenwriter

September 26, 2009

How Do You Start Writing When You Don’t Feel Like It

Filed under: On Writing — Frank Fiore @ 1:51 PM

As writers, we’ve all done it. And I’m not talking about writers block. You know what you want to say but can’t get up the get up and go to sit down and write. Al kinds of excuses come to mind to prevent you from putting mouse to monitor.
Here are some of mine:
    I hear a piece of news on the TV and then hunt the web for details.
    I read my email for important news and find an hilarious joke from a friend that I just HAVE to forward to everyone one before I start to write.
    I have to my morning – which continues into the afternoon – social media marketing of my book because I get hooked on a FaceBook discussion thread.
    That piece of chocolate cake from last night’s dinner is calling me from the fridge.
    I’m reading too many posts like this one is.
What about you? What prevents you and how do you get round the delays?



  1. I would like to know the answer to that one as well. Only real advice I heard is just start writing and if it flows go with if not. Stop and doing something else. IMHO I view writing like sex, anyone can have it but its only good if you are in the mood and everything clicks.

    Comment by Orion Darkwood — September 27, 2009 @ 12:16 PM | Reply

  2. Research, research, research. Sometimes I know the character needs to drive the story and thus the research that you need to complete the scenes or the action. Sometimes the research becomes obsessive-compulsive and I forget to go back to the character and the story. Ahhh, the circle of life.

    Comment by Jim Hughes — September 27, 2009 @ 12:31 PM | Reply

  3. Research is my answer too-it’s so much fun, it easily takes over all of my time. Another way I sabotage my writing is by writing drafts longhand, “perfecting” them on the pages and then never typing them up. I have blog posts in draft form which I write when the sparks hit, but it’s a long time or never before I finish them and post them.
    This said, I am improving my outcome. how? By spending less overall time on the computer. I use it for “working” which includes Social media for marketing and then I turn it off. I prefer to have it off, so this focuses my time and I have more time available to engage in real socializing.

    Comment by Kimberly Wulfert — September 28, 2009 @ 7:34 PM | Reply

  4. Hi Frank,
    I’m working on a story that could be converted to screenplay.There are days when I feel that I just cannot physically sit down and type.I too think of a one hundred and one things to do. The worst is is a site that can help you stop procrastinating. But, the best thing to do is to just sit down at a prescribed time and type even if you do stare at the monitor for some time.

    Comment by Nita kapadia — October 1, 2009 @ 5:12 AM | Reply

    • Hi Nita – yep getting started can be a chore. I found this to work best for me when I’m reluctant to write a chapter.
      Narrate it first with bits of dialogue. Once I see the entire chapter in front me in that form, I find it easier to nibble at and finish it.

      Comment by Frank Fiore — October 1, 2009 @ 8:32 AM | Reply

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