Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Writers are depressed. It's a fact.

I just want to start this post with a huge, gut-wrenching sigh. It's been a long month so far. My NaNoWriMo isn't going perfectly, but it is going. At this very moment I'm at 21,036 words. I should be in the 25,000-26,000 range. I'm not uber behind, but I'm certainly not ahead either. Usually when I get really into a story I can pound out 20 pages or so a day. My page count is 79 after 15 the math. In case you're not a math genius like me (ha!) this basically means that I'm not in love with my story. It's not awful, it has a plot, it has believable characters, so what's the issue?

Basically, my characters are depressed and it's depressing me. Rightfully, they should be depressed, their lives suck. And a few of them have no redeeming qualities as people, which makes me hate writing them. Even my MC is falling apart despite her best efforts. I kind of want to shake them and scream in their faces "GET IT TOGETHER!!!" Of course they won't listen to me, they never do. But seriously, their issues are holding me back. How am I supposed to get excited about a girl who is so depressed and has no self esteem and only views alcohol and random flings as a way to survive. Yuck. She's just taking after her alcoholic mother, though. Oh! And let's not forget all the situations that make everything so much worse. Missed phone calls, ignored texts...

It's too much like real life! Aha! I've found the issue. Perhaps in the future I will know to stick only to the fantasy/paranormal/sci-fi. This real life shit kills me (and depresses me).

This post is depressing. I apologize.

All the best,


  1. Maybe it's time to shake things up!

    I'm in a writing slump, but not because my Nano wip is depressing (though it does have those moments). I'm in a slump because my muse is already getting into the holiday mood and refuses to sit down and type away the hours. Gah! Talk about distractions.

    Good luck! I hope you get out of your slump real soon.

  2. Well, I suppose the slump is over. I didn't write at all yesterday but today I apparently had 5,000 words to say. Hooray :)

  3. I love the hope quote on your profile. Keep going!