Dennis Coslett

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018

Writer's Block

I think it's happened. For  the first time in my writing career, I think I can say I am suffering from writer's block.

It's mostly the result of stress and uncertainty. My main symptom is a total lack of interest in actually writing anything. I have some short stories that need more work -- I want to do at least one more draft of each -- but I don't seem to want to work on them.

Partly because I think there may be something missing in them. A feeling of insecurity may have contributed to my inability to write much.

I'm not writing for fun, or online, or just to see where a scene might go. When I sit down to write, I put down a sentence or two, then fiddle around on Youtube or Google, then maybe write a few more words. Sometimes, if I really push myself, I might get 50 words down.

Then, a week later,  I do it all over again.

What am I doing about it?

I am trying something new.  This means fantasy and fan fiction at the moment, and possibly other ideas if I can come up with something.

Maye I'll work on some old ideas.

And I'm going to get active in a writing group I joined on Meetup. Their next meeting is tomorrow, and I will be there.

I'm also thinking about finding someone, perhaps in this writing group, or on Facebook or Wattpad, to beta-read my stories and tell me if anything is missing.

And there are other ideas I can try if none of those work.

If all goes well, perhaps I can make something happen soon. It's very worrisome when you can't sesm to write anything.

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About me: I have been writing since the early 1980s, ever since discovering a passion for writing during my senior year in High School. My completed writings include novels, short stories, and newspaper articles. I have completed four novels in that time, and have partially completed two others. I have had little success in finding an agent or a publisher for any of my novels, and have recently taken my efforts online. During the years that I have been writing, I have also served my country as a member of the United States Army's Judge Advocate General's Corps. In the last five years, I have been deployed to Army bases in Iraq, Kansas, and Virginia.

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