The Problem With Words

The problem with words is that I just don’t seem to have any these days. I haven’t written a post that I’m really proud of in a while. What I’ve written lately has mostly been gnashing of fingers against a keyboard in a lackadaisical manner. Plkaheg34qn fgea;lkf. FLARGH!!!

I have a bunch of drafts in my folder. At least four of them are half-started guest posts. Mme. Weebles kindly asked me to guest post on The Outlier Collective. If you’re not familiar with TOC, it is a brilliant blog where different writers share their thoughts on a given topic. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but the topic I have been given has to do with something I’m all too familiar with, yet haven’t written a lot about.

There are four posts in my drafts folder, each of them abandoned for various Goldilocks reasons. One is too personal, the other is not personal enough and the rest are not just right. I can’t seem to find my footing. Fortunately, I think I have a bit more time to write something, and I am trying, but everything I’ve managed so far is just awful.

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There’s either too much personal in there and it turns into a rant, because I cannot talk about these things without getting angry, or there’s nothing personal at all and it turns into a rant about societal woes. I always seem to end up at rant when I don’t want to.

I need to find the right balance. I would like this guest post to be special. Well, I want all my guest posts to be special, but this one is a meaty topic that I could say much about, but I am failing and flailing.

I keep telling myself, “Ok, this isn’t working. Start a fresh one.” I do. Then I write myself into one of the two corners; too personal/not personal enough. I’ve done this four times. “Well, leave it alone today and start fresh tomorrow.” Result? Same corners leading inevitably to rant.

Onward to draft #5.

What do you do when you just can’t seem to get the words right?