- The Strop – This stage is where you decide in your head that you can’t do it. You will be facing a difficult writing challenge of some description; a plot hole, a character issue, a short story challenge, writing a new genre or writing something hard. It’s beyond you and can’t do it. Cue the creative strop! This will take the form of a theatrical walk away from laptop, some rubbing of the forehead, an unhappy face, heavy sighing, an email to whoever has set you the writing challenge to say you can’t do what they set you and maybe a kick of the waste paper bin. “I can’t do it!”
- The Despair – This stage is where you beat yourself up about not being able to do it. Cue the despair! This will take the form of tears, a low mood, a solitary walk or a drive in the car alone whilst playing some sad songs. “Oh it is so terrible that I can’t do it!”
- The Frustration– This stage is where you get frustrated with yourself for not being able to do it. You ask yourself whether you are going to let this thing beat you? This stage usually manifests itself through talking to yourself in a mirror, muttering to yourself or taking yourself aside and having a strong word. You may also start tweeting positve and motivational quotes at speed. “Not doing it is failure!”
- The Graft – This is the stage where you sit down at the desk and start working at it. This will see some huffing and puffing, loud sighing, head scratching, pen chewing, gritting of teeth, a late night and some intense typing / scribbling. “I think I can do this!”
- The Joy – This is the stage where you sit back and realise that you have done it! You have fixed that plot hole, sorted out that character issue, wrote a short story for the blog battle, wrote something from a new genre or tackled a difficult piece of writing. This stage manifests itself through a loud scream, a shriek, a gasp, an email to the person who set you the challenge saying ‘panic over I have done it!’ or a dance in an empty supermarket aisle. It feels amazing. “I have done it!”
Hang in there writers!
Turn around those writing issues today!