So I joined a writers group a couple months back.
Each meeting, we get a chance to go around the table and critique work that has been submitted by other members of the group. Usually, the group members post one chapter at a time. I have yet to post anything.
I know exactly what type of story I want to write, I have the beginning, middle, and end. I have the characters, plots, all that. In my head. I have scattered and random notes all over the place but I have yet to actually get started. I have a hard time getting my thoughts together. I see it all in my head but I can’t seem to get it on paper.
Yesterday, the group’s moderator asked about my writing. I told her about the difficulty I was having. When it comes to my writing, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and not in a good way. I edit and edit and edit, so much that I don’t finish the work and I’ve completely destroyed what little I’ve managed to write.
She understood. Then she asked, “Are you a plotter or a pantser?”
Turns out, I’m a plotter, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing – but in my case, I think it is. I keep making notes, really detailed notes, than changing them. And again, nothing gets written.
I really envy the pantsers, the people that can just sit down and write without thinking. I used to be able to do that. It’s been over ten years since I’ve written anything original. And when I did, I was usually able to just sit down and write without thinking about it.
Stupid writer’s block.