We've all been there. All of us have had conversations where, at some point or another, we just didn't know what to say. Where our minds just keep grasping for something--someway to express what we're thinking. Because, more often than not, we NEED to say something. There's always something or other on our minds. But how to say it?
I think it's the same feeling writers get when we can't seem to pen the right words. What we write just doesn't seem to flow. We KNOW there's a better word to use in place of the one we've put. It's on the tip of the tongue, but we just can't think of it. Or our descriptions just aren't sufficient enough.
What does this mean for writers? What do we do when the best description we can come up with is "that place....with that thing..."
Well, first we usually bang our heads on the nearest hard surface...
And then we keep writing.
You don't stop a conversation with someone altogether just because you couldn't think of the right word, do you? It's same(for me at least) when I'm writing. I may not get it perfect sometimes. That's the struggle of every writer. But I understand that I have to keep at it. I may leave a few blank spaces or mistakes, but I can always go back and fix those later.
Just because you don't get it right the first time doesn't mean you're incompetent. It means you struggle, just like every other writer.
Tell me, do you overcome this problem differently? How?
(This was my first of a new feature called "Writer Struggles!" I wasn't sure at first whether to introduce the writing aspect of my life to my book blog, but hopefully it will work out. I also hope to host guest posts, where other writers can expound on their own struggles and how they overcome them. Please contact me if you want to participate!)