Writing Can Be Murder

January 18, 2007

I feel so stupid!

Filed under: Uncategorized — jenniferelbaum @ 12:24 pm

Yes, this is a fairly perpetual state for me to be in, but for the past 24 hours I’ve been mumbling, shouting, and grumbling it. “I FEEL SO STUPID!”

 and it’s all Jennifer Colgan’s fault.

 We were having lunch yesterday and I confided why I’ve been SO stuck on one of my works-in-progress and she said, “Why can’t you just ______”

 And she was right. Why can’t I? I can.

Why didn’t I think of that? Because I’m too stupid to live. No, really, I am.

In the moments when I’m being kinder and gentler to myself, I know that the reason I couldn’t figure out the solution to my problem, was that I was too close to it, too invested in it, too stuck on what I “should” be doing with it.

That’s why getting together with other writers can be so helpful (it can also be awful, but I’ll save that for another post). Another writer can offer another perspective. She or he can say, “Why don’t you just…”

Thank you Jennifer!



  1. ROTFL! Don’t be so hard on yourself. You hit the nail on the head – you were just too close to the project. I will gladly take the blame for helping you get unstuck. Now write the darn book because I can’t wait to read it!

    Comment by Jennifer Colgan — January 18, 2007 @ 4:42 pm

  2. Yes ma’am!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — January 19, 2007 @ 2:17 pm

  3. You aren’t alone, Jennifer. I had a duh moment this week with my WIP too. It all seemed so easy when my CP pointed out the solution to me. 🙂

    Comment by Kate Perry — January 23, 2007 @ 3:35 pm

  4. Thanks Kate! I guess we’re all myopic at times!

    Comment by jenniferelbaum — January 23, 2007 @ 4:54 pm

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