I got 99 problems and 99,000 drafts.
- Trying to stick to writing one piece at a time.
- Controlling the explosion of epic ideas bursting in your head, just as you manage to focus on the thing you’re currently working on.
- Starting out with writing one thing, ending up publishing a whole different thing.
- Running out of coffee and/or alcohol and realising you’re in no shape or position to step out and replenish stock.
- Brooding about all the words in the world you’re missing out on.
- And the subsequent injustice you might be causing to these unused words by not giving them your precious intellectual attention.
- More drafts.
- Trying to find a balance between working on fresh ideas and completing old drafts (which may be gathering a whole new species of mould by now).
- Coming across an idea or a muse that’s beautiful, but not understanding how to turn it into a work of art.
- Trying to remember that crazy line you thought of in the morning (to no avail).
- Realizing that every person you see has a unique story, subsequently making them a lot more than just random strangers, subsequently making you want to figure them out.
- The failure of which, sometimes causes great disappointment and, ever so rarely, heartbreak.
- Too many people, too many stories, too little time.
- Acute self-criticism.
- Figuring out whether it’s okay to monetise something you love so much.
- If not monetise writing, then finding another skill you might be good at.
- Controlling word count.
- Aching fingers and hyperactive brain- at the same time.
- Wanting to write your own story, but not sure how.
- Excessive fantasism.
- Writing so much, you forget how to talk.
- Losing your notebook (even temporarily)
- Or your favourite pen. Or pencil.
- Can’t decide between getting something to eat (after starving self for scandalous hours) and finishing what you’re currently writing.
- Writing in the constant fear of ‘forgetting’ what you wanted to say and/or losing your writing mojo.
- Being unable to write and shower at the same time.
- Spending a major portion of writing time in “creating the right environment”.
- Getting furious if the created environment is not up to mental standards.
- Believing that one needs to feel pain and misery to write something great.
- Subjecting self to pain and misery.
- Even if it has to be the pain and misery of others.
- Brooding about how you don’t get the time to read more books.
- Brooding about all the books in the universe you’ll never get to read.
- In the process, not reading books that are already piled up.
- Saying “Did I seriously write this trash?” on reading almost every old work (even though it may not really be trash).
- That one style or form of writing you’re too afraid to try because you tried it once and sucked at it.
“You must love writing a lot…”
“Yeah. Sure. NOT.”