So recently I have taken a step back from my novel (and writing in general) as I am starting to lack confidence in the skill and my work.
I know what I have written is a rough draft but I feel it needs so much work to it even before its called a first draft! And so the spiral starts…..
Tiredness is also a factor- I feel I’m slowly loosing the imagination to tell the story. I feel as if my characters have gone on holiday or on strike! Disconnected and banned from their lives somehow.
The feedback (from most of the fellow critique people) I have been getting with the new blog hop for writers (Sunday snippets) has been so useful (and im so grateful for their time and help- big hugs to you), but at the same time it highlights just how much work I need to do to the point where I dread putting words out there. As a fellow blogger and writer told me once- maybe I need beta readers and not critiques?
Time is I guess another issue at the moment but its not like the novel has a deadline. I always said get it written then get it right- but I do find myself wanting to edit straight after writing it knowing something could be/is wrong with it.
Maybe because I have been ill it has taken the confidence out of me? Or could it be that there are so many great writers out in the world and im not brave enough to show my work to them? Am I even writing for me anymore? Is the fun gone?
I think im at a loss. I will put the novel away for a few weeks and go from there- maybe leaving it for abit will spark the flow again? In the meantime I might focus on my other WIP (this years nanowrimo).
Is this what writers block feels like? What do you do to snap out the lull?