WRITER PROCRASTINATION PRODUCES WRITER PARALYSIS
Why am I writing this latest book?
I got up early to work on the next chapter (I’ve only written three) but instead, I wrote a book review and this blog post.
It’s called avoidance, procrastination. And as I teach others, procrastination leads to paralysis for a writer. Tweet that. “Writer procrastination leads to writer paralysis”.
Something’s holding me back. I think I’m scared. Scared of writing something without having all the facts.
You see, I’m trying to do what you’re not supposed to do when you write memoir: I’m forced to create scenes that may not have existed. I have to put thoughts into my characters’ minds but maybe they didn’t have those thoughts.
What’s the problem, you ask. Just write it as fiction instead. No big deal. Go ahead. Create the characters and let them tell you what they think.
Not so fast. Not so easy. This book is about a mother: my mother. It’s her side of my story, “NO TEARS FOR MY FATHER”
. And mom is dead. I have only bits and pieces of what she told me over the years. There are huge black holes because of what she didn’t tell me. Somehow I have to fill those massive gaps, and if I have to use fiction to do it, what then?
Is it still memoir? If it isn’t, how do I classify it when I finally publish it.
If I publish it.