If you’ve been following my writing journey, you’ll know it took me 15 years to finish my very first novel in a fantasy trilogy. I started it when I was 18 years old. While the first draft was easy and seemed to take no time at all, it was the rewriting and editing process that I got stuck on.
That’s where the fears came in. The doubts. The anxiety that my novel would NEVER be finished, much less published.
That’s when the giving up began. I felt too paralyzed by fear, doubt, and anxiety to work on my book. I felt like I was missing something. I started feeling uninspired. It felt like creativity had left me and my novel altogether.
This is what I defined as writer’s block.
The giving up sometimes lasted months. Other times, it lasted years. But I always came back to my novel, eventually.
Because that’s what artists do. We always return to our passions. [Read more…] about Why I’m grateful for writer’s block