Stumbling blocks, we all have them, and for a writer it’s that moment or situation that makes it difficult to continue writing. With my own writing I recently experienced a stumbling block trying to write chapter 4. After working tirelessly on perfecting chapters 1-3, my writing came to a complete and utter halt. Aware that most agents and editors request to see the first three chapters of a manuscript, if interested, they will request to see the rest of the manuscript. That puts a lot of pressure on chapter 4. What if it wasn’t good enough? What if it was too boring? Will they want to read more? Will they want to read chapter 5?
There are many things and author can do to write a compelling story and it was researching those strategies that ultimately pulled me out of my block. But this led me to wonder, what are the root causes of a stumbling block? Through my research I found that there are a few common factors that can cause a stumbling block:
- Lack of Confidence
- Lack of Skills and Tools
- Perfectionism and Self-Criticism
- Worry about Criticism