After suffering for the past few months of writer’s block, I believe I have begun to break through and piece words together again. It was sort of like having writing laryngitis, if there is such a thing.
Twice this week I was able to add over 300 words to the work in progress. It is a start.
Our challenge this month for my local RWA Chapter is small bites.
“How do you eat an elephant?”
“One bite at a time.”
That’s what I have been working on this week, though my blog posts seem to suffer from putting my bites on my wip instead of the scheduled post. But I’m here now and that is all that counts, right?
So, for my ROW80 check in for today I can report that since Wednesday I was able to add 1k words to the work in progress. Not too shabby for someone suffering from Writer’s Laryngitis.
I remember many years ago, when I had come down with a very bad case of Laryngitis while I was working for Ames Department Store as a customer service representative. Part of my job was to answer the phone. How funny is that when you have laryngitis? I had to have someone else take my place that day. Customers thought they had reverse prank calls. It was funny. You had to be there, I guess.
I haven’t had laryngitis that bad in years. It was kind of weird too. I didn’t have a cold, or a sore throat. Though, it was very cold that winter. It may have been due to the dry air.
How is your writing going?
Have you been having trouble with Writer’s Laryngitis? I like the sound of that better than Writer’s Block, don’t you?
Stop by and share how your week is going. I’d love to hear.
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6 thoughts on “Overcoming my Writer’s Laryngitis – #ROW80 Check In”
It seems like people who have to talk for their jobs are always the ones who tend to get laryngitis! My college roommate was a radio newscaster, and seemed to get this a couple times a winter. I’m a graphic artist-turned-software developer, and never lose my voice.
I recognized that my recent writer’s block was really being blocked on a particular project, so I just started working on something else. That worked for a while, until I became blocked on that (needs more planning). So I started yet a third project, and that’s going great. Oh, and I do finish stuff. Just not always without a detour. Keep up the good work on yours!
Jennette, your right about how that it seems people who have to talk for their jobs tend to come down with Laryngitis more often than others. Or so it seems. I have been back in factory work for nearly seven years and I haven’t lost my voice since working for Ames.
I’ve been taking advantage of Scrivener to write my work in progress. I like how I can jump from one chapter/scene to another as a person with ADD would do. I have been adding a bit here and then a bit there, in an attempt to shape the story together. The goal is to get all the characters together before the story ends. I do see a few falling by the wayside through out the story. Someone will die, but I can’t say who.
I like that phrase: writer’s laryngitis!
Great job with the 1k! Very nice progress. Rather than concentrating on not having all the voice you want, celebrate what you’re getting done. You’re moving forward. Go, you! Have a terrific week!
I like the phrase writer’s laryngitis too. It does not sound as though the problem is quite so bad as being permanently stuck in a frozen state of mind. It is just a mere loss of the writing voice, a temporary situation.
I’ve definitely been there. Last year, I didn’t get very much writing done at all. I managed some revisions, but I didn’t start–or finish–any new projects. I think I’d been pushing myself too hard and was a bit overworked, to be honest. Once I gave myself a break and took a few things off my plate, the words started flowing–slowly, at first, but now they’re flowing pretty steadily. 1K words is good progress, so congrats!
Everyone eventually has a period of writer’s laryngitis. I can’t wait for my words to start flowing steadily once again. For the past three years I have published an average of one and a half books a year. Right now I’m feeling as though I have fallen behind with my personal deadlines.