First off, let me apologize for going so long without a post. The end of school and start of summer break is always hectic around here, trying to switch routines without the kids turning into complete computer zombies. My efforts have met with moderate success thus far. I’ve also started cardiac rehab following the installation of seven stents spread through all three major heart arteries, so that eats into my schedule as well. Anyway, enough excuses. On with my writing difficulties.
I’ve started several stories, just throwing out the ideas that wander through my head to get something on paper (or screen, as it were). I’m trying to use different styles and voices to see if I can find my writing center. Unfortunately, everything I write is coming out first person. I’ve written in third person before. I’ve written hundreds of five-paragraph essays for school assignments and to win bets. Win bets? Yes, I’ve been stupid enough to brag that I’ve written so many of those high school standards that I can write a well-argued essay on ANY topic. Sometimes I get called on it and have to produce a paper on something ridiculous, but I’ve always managed to pull it off. These days, though, everything is coming out first person. Most of it is leaning toward stream of consciousness. There’s nothing wrong with that, mind you, but I thought I was more versatile in my writing. So here’s a question… Do you ever find yourself stuck in a writing rut, and if so, how do you get out of it? I’m ready to try anything!
Until next time, keep on writing!