Recently a friend of mine competed in the Great North Run, which is the largest half marathon in the world and takes place on a route between  Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields. it is an amazing event with tens of thousands of competitors and hundreds of thousands of spectators. As a girl i was a keen swimmer, and the longest race I took part in was seven miles (which I won); I have always been a hopeless runner, even when I was very, very fit, so I really admire people who run, in marathons or half-marathons or any long distance event.

One of the challenges (one of the many challenges) of such a test is to overcome what is known as ‘the wall’; to mis-quote from Runners World “your brain feel like porridge, your imagination grows laboured, your stream of words turn into a trickle. Negative  writing thoughts flood your mind, and the urge to quit becomes overwhelming.” I feel as if I am approaching my writing wall – with my new Thomas Radwinter novel, provisionally called ‘Saltpans’. I have all these threads of story-line and they have become like knotted knitting wool, what I’m writing seems feeble, boring, clichéed, unengaging, and yes – there are a few negative thoughts creeping in.

Let me challenge those negative thoughts:

  • I’ve run out of ideas – NO YOU HAVEN’T, MAYBE YOU HAVE TOO MANY IDEAS SO WEED OUT A FEW AND CARRY ON!
  • My story is preposterous and unrealistic – ALL YOUR STORIES ARE PREPOSTEROUS AND RIDICULOUS, THAT IS THE NATURE OF FICTION – ESPECIALLY YOUR FICTION. SHUT UP AND CARRY ON
  • My writing is feeble and clichéed – YES PROBABLY IT IS BUT YOU WILL (NOT CAN, WILL) SORT THAT OUT IN YOUR NUMEROUS REWRITES AND EDITING
  • I’ve lost my writing muscles – YES YOU PROBABLY HAVE! YOU ARE DOING LOTS OF THINGS AT THE MOMENT, IN YOUR WRITING WORLD AND IN YOUR OTHER WORLD – GIVE YOURSELF A BREAK! ALL WILL BE WELL, AND MAYBE RESET YOUR END DATE
  • negative writing thoughts – OH PLEASE!! GOOD GRIEF!! SHUT UP AND CARRY ON!

OK, I feel better now!

Cheers!

here is a link to my books:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_2?url=search-alias%3Daps&field-keywords=lois+elsden

Here is a link the the Runners’ World article:

https://www.runnersworld.com/running-tips/how-to-avoid-hitting-the-wall-while-running

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