Writer woes

If you’ve read my previous blogs you know that at the first of the year I plotted my entire year out in my planner. I was totally motivated to follow it. The entire month of January I followed it like it was a life line. February arrived and well, let’s just say it’s been a struggle. I’ve already altered the plan once and will alter it again this week. A plan should always be an ever green document – changing when circumstances require it, however, all these changes are a little frustrating to someone who bragged about setting goals and sticking to them…

I attended two amazing writing sessions over the last two months. Both sessions, among other things, spoke about figuring out what type of stories you should be writing. There are different motivations for different writers. Because of these sessions and thoughts I’d been having, I started to rethink my own writing path. I love writing. I get all antsy when I don’t sit and write everyday. The trouble is, I’m not really enjoying the stories I’m trying to write right now. It’s supposed to be fun right?

The first piece of advice writers always hear is write what you know/what you enjoy reading. Or write the story you want to read. That’s what I’ve been trying to do. I like to read romance, so that should be what I write, right? I’ve learned there is a difference between reading for enjoyment and writing. You may enjoy the books immensely, but the ones you enjoy reading may not be the type of books you want to write – or so I’ve learned…

The last couple of weeks I’ve been looking over some of the stories I’ve started over the last few years. Some of those stories already have tens of thousands of words written, but I stopped writing them because they did not fit the rules of a “real” love story. And damn it, I’m a romance writer!

I’m not a quitter I told myself, so I put all the other stories away again and found another “love story” to write. And I struggled trying to follow the rules and get all the right elements in. I got frustrated and then I lost interest.

I’ve discussed this with other authors, spent hours thinking about it, and I still don’t have the answer.

One author I spoke with said she read somewhere that you should just write the story and worry about genre later. I’ve set this for my goal for the next few weeks. I will be authentic, try to be patient with the process, write what’s in my heart and worry about the rules later. Not advice for everyone, but I will give it a try and see what happens.

About Linda O'Toole

Women's Fiction Author
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1 Response to Writer woes

  1. Diane Tibert says:

    Rules are too limiting. Write the story and don’t think about genre. I never think about rules when I write. I just write the story I want to read and believe others will want to read it.


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