Jan 19, 2008

Confessions of a Frustrated Writer (part 1)

I'm having such a difficult time writing lately. There are so many stories in my head. So many. To the point where I should be able to write a whole damn collection. But I can't squeeze them out of my head. The stories. They're stuck in there, all tangled up in a big ass knot.

Imagine what it feels like to NOT be able to do the one thing that means so much to you...



Blogger margaret said...

Sorry to hear that you are frustrated. Sometimes when I am frustrated creatively it is because I get idealistic and want whatever is in my head to come out the same way on paper or onto whatever medium that I am using. I have to remind myself that for me what comes out of my head is not the same creative product as what is in my head. The medium and the environment change it. On the bright side, I could have a bunch of different products derived from the same idea that was in my head!
Also, if I can't work. I usually go with it and do something else at least for a little while. Then it is easier for me to settle down and work.
I don't know if any of this helps.
By the way, have you heard of Dunya Mikhail, a poet from Iraq? I just bought a book of her poetry because I had never heard of her.
Hoping you will create some amazing writing!

11:38 AM  
Anonymous Susana said...

Margaret basically took the words right out my mouf.

If all else fails, just go do something wild or risky -- not necessarily illegal or harmful, but just personally kind of scary or out of the ordinary. Maybe that will jolt you out of the space you're in.

I'm still procrastinating like a champ, as you know, but I've recently devised a punishment/reward system for myself. I'll fill you in on the finer details the next time we talk outside of the blog world. It's sort-of starting to work.

Hang in there, homie. Duke it out! If writing is like giving birth, then take solace in knowing that it can't stay in there forever.

10:36 PM  
Blogger Mes Deux Cents said...

Hi PQ,

When that happens to me. I usually carry a notepad around with me. Then when something pops in my head I write it down.

I think that sometimes we confine ourselves to certain spaces to write, our desk, bedroom, etc. So it can help to break out of that and just write where ever and when ever, rather than trying to wait until you get to a writing space.

11:18 AM  
Blogger pomegranate queen said...

you guys are all lovely with your helpful comments! i was just bitching for the sake of bitching because sometimes you just have to do that! but yes, your suggestions are great. i'm committing myself to a set amount of words a day to make sure i keep it going. i keep reminding myself that i'm doing this because i love it. which is true. and it's a blessing to be doing what you love.

and margaret, i'll be sure to check out Dunya Mikhail's work.

4:20 PM  
Blogger margaret said...

Hey, what happened to the Mahmoud Darwish poem? I hadn't had a chance to sit with it.

9:33 AM  
Blogger pomegranate queen said...

oh sorry, i was working on another post and took that down for some reason...i'll repost it, it's so beautiful. :)

2:17 PM  

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