Monday, November 30, 2009

Pushing Past the Limits

Do you experience limits, or hesitations, that make your writing difficult? I've a particular story I am working on that has been difficult to really sink my teeth into and to delve into the nitty gritty of it. This morning, I read the following in Walking on Alligators: A Book of Meditations for Writers.

"Stay with the line you can't finish. That's where the shame is that's blocking the revelation." David Whyte

I really hadn't thought about this story in those specific terms and just felt I couldn't quite get into it. After reading the above quote, I see how I've been preventing myself from really pushing past those hesitations and "staying with the line" that is tough. I'm going to press on and see where it takes me. I'm sure it will be a much better place, both on the paper and off.

Do any of you experience similar difficulties and want to share your tricks for pressing on? I'd love to have your input.


  1. Karin:

    Happy New Year! The quote is perfect. Hmmm, I may not be the best person to offer advice on this, considering I've been working on my historical fiction ms for just about forever.

    Hope you have gotten over the hump.

    Warm regards,
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  2. Thanks, Donna! Happy New Year to you as well. I'm still crossing the hump but am enjoying the process. Thanks for stopping by.