Friday, April 15, 2011

What is Your Top Writing Frustration?

I love writing, but sometimes it makes me so frustrated I could scream (actually I take it out on the Inkies in my fav Wii game, de Blob). Here are some things I find frustrating:

1. When it takes so long to get in the right mind space that the time I have for writing is almost all gone.

2. The length of time it takes to finish a novel/wait for feedback/write a query/hear back about a query.

3. When I know there should be another way to say "she waited" (or "she looked") and the options my thesaurus and I are coming up with just aren't right.

4. Endless revisions.

5. When you think you have a great idea and later find out it creates a huge plot hole.

What do you find the most frustrating about writing?


  1. With my non-fiction, it's waiting on scientists who are providing information or commenting on the article itself. I have one I've been working with for about 6 months; he regularly makes me wait 3-4 weeks before responding to my emails. It's *almost* gotten to the point of being funny. But not quite.

  2. Having to stop and clean my house and do chores. :)

  3. Knowing that something isn't working but not knowing how to fix it. It's like an itch you can't reach.

    The slow process of publishing in general is also crazy-making.

  4. Oh, so many things! Especially typos -- those little buggers drive me mad!

  5. This is so true. Great post.


  6. #1 is me. I have to carve time in my week to write (not day! but week). I can't just write for an hour. I have to get my mind set that I won't answer email, either of my phones (unless it's school), or do anything other than write.

  7. Oh my, when I get to a scene and I know what needs to happen but I can’t get the words to come out right.

  8. I find the middle frustrating! All of it! I love beginning, and if I ever manage to get to the end, I'm sure I'll love that. But getting from point A to point B is very frustrating.

  9. Ooh, there's a few I hadn't thought of here, but yeah, they get to me too (except for the chores one, I just ignore those and do them when I'm already tired).


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