There are times in my writing life when the emotion at the top of the pile is frustration. I just can’t find the right word and it’s the sixth time that’s happened this session. A beta reader didn’t get back to me when I expected them to. I just have no clue what to write next. The other kids won’t play with me – well the adult version.
Frustration can be a great emotion for writing certain scenes, like when you’ve just pulled the rug out from under you MC when they thought they were about to win. It’s wonderful when frustration happens to come up in the writer just when such a scene comes up in the story.
It’s really frustrating how often that doesn’t happen.
So what do you do when frustration takes you and you don’t have a frustrated character to channel it through?
Well you could write a blog post about frustration. That will get you through about one such incident.
I complain to my Sweetie, except that usually results in him trying to fix the problem, which he can’t do because the problem is internal and therefore my problem alone. Then I tell him this is just a venting session and he gets frustrated. At least then we’re frustrated together.
Go for a walk. Unless it’s freezing outside, or after midnight, or raining… All those things pretty much negate this idea. Although, I’ve been known to walk in the rain and come home completely soaked through and freezing then spend a couple of day cuddled in bed trying to get over the cold. On the plus side, by the time I get back to my computer I’ve figured out whatever it was that was frustrating me and the writing continues.
Then there are all the standard advice of scream, play games, go to bed, punch a pillow (what did the pillow ever do to you?), squash some clay or Play Doh, etc.
My favorite advice from a well meaning if slightly confused acquaintance was: “Why don’t you just write about it.”
I hope that at least one of you got some enjoyment out of this little… I can’t find the word…