5 Writer Stages: Turning ‘I Can’t Do It’ into ‘I Have Done It!’ #Writers #Amwriting

Turning 'I Can't Do It' into 'I Have Done It'

  1. 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!”
  2. 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!”
  3. 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!”
  4. 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!”
  5. 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!

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39 thoughts on “5 Writer Stages: Turning ‘I Can’t Do It’ into ‘I Have Done It!’ #Writers #Amwriting

  1. Awww, shucks! My cheeks are rosy with pleasure, and I’m delighted to see you push through the challenge. Makes me so happy to see people overcome difficulties. You’re a real trooper and talented, Ms. BlondeWriter. You’re an inspiration. And I should mention now, you beat me by one vote this week! 😉 LOL You are our TIME #BlogBattle winner! Congrats!

      1. Don’t worry, I do. haha You have been with me on this the entire time. I trust you to be a part of this, no matter how difficult it gets. You’re just that kind of friend and writer. A Stick-to-it Gal.

  2. Good job finishing the story! I think it’s probably much better than you believe. I’ve gone through these steps countless times with my novels, but at the end it does feel amazing.

  3. Hah, I know these stages well, very well! [There’s a reason I loved Ben Haenow singing ‘Man in the Mirror’ so much! Me and my mirror have become definite best buddies recently!]

  4. Yep, that about sums it up. For me, it’s:
    “I have the best idea!”
    “OMG this is rubbish!”
    “I can’t get this out of my head”
    “I am going to finish this story”
    “No one will read this, I should quit.”
    “I wrote a story!”
    And then another idea comes along to start the process over.

  5. Reblogged this on pursuitofanewadventure and commented:
    What a lovely post B! Thanks for the encouragement… this is Kristin from the Bible Study Blog. Due to the encouragement lately of fellow bloggers who understand the struggle, I have created my next blog here. I will repost this because this is exactly how I feel when writing.

      1. You are such an encouragement you know. Your lists are really uplifting and make me reassess my writing behaviors. Its like therapy. 🙂

      2. Ahahahaha I don’t think I am ready for that much therapy. I will just have to bask in your blonde glory, let the light of it radiate around me.

  6. I’m at the frustration stage. I beat myself up because I feel unable to write every day as everyone seems to suggest to be a good writer. Like life, I know the things I should be doing, but don’t do them. I’m trying to break through that stage. I have my moments when I’m writing and can’t stop. In those moments, I feel so alive and accomplished. It sucks that I straddle between the Frustration Stage and the Graft Stage. I feel at some point, I will overcome the frustration and self-inflicting prophecy I tend to heap upon myself.

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