To overcome this I have often written to prompt. I use a site call Duotrope that lists the calls for submissions from publishers. It states what they want - approximate word counts and themes. I find that a great help to overcome the dreaded writer's block.
But I have things that I want to write. I want to write the things I would like to read. I have started and put aside novels on more than one occasion. The first of these was hideously self-indulgent (and semi-autobiographical) and following the recent big things on the literary scene, I'm glad I didn't pursue it further.
The novel I am (sort of) working on is already annoying me. I am writing it like me but that is not the book I want to read... I will need to change my style to do it justice. It'll be fun to see if I can do that.
Recently I read an interview with Will Self where he states that he does not write for readers. I think I might need to take a leaf out of that book. I am going to write for myself, much as I read.
In that spirit I have begun the fourth Blue Jackets instalment. As yet untitled it carries on the tale that has been established in Induction, Growth Spurt and Thursday's Child but is going to take it in a darker direction as originally planned for the series.
I have expressed doubts about the series and at one point decided to discontinue it. But I want to write it. I want to read it. I want to do this so it will happen.
If I can overcome my second thoughts then I can surely overcome the fear of the blank page. Onwards and upwards!
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