I love reading writing blogs and websites and I learn a great deal from them but it is easy to spend too much time on them.
When I’m buzzing with ideas, prioritizing can be difficult.
When life gets in the way and your writing slows down.
Sometimes you come across a situation and wonder about the story behind it, then feel ashamed for looking for the narrative whereas non-writers will just see the situation for what it is and “move on”.
Getting the ideas out fast enough and then having enough time to work these ideas up.
I love writing dialogue so it can be easy to have too much of it. I know there has to be a balance between dialogue and narrative.
I always overwrite (though it is easier to cut back rather than add material. You can always tell padding).
Sometimes getting started is problematic. I’ve got the idea outlined, I know where I want to go with the story but choosing the correct start point can be difficult. Sometimes there is more than one start point that would be appropriate!
Ironically having too many ideas as you can then get stuck knowing which one to go with or spreading yourself a little too thinly over several of them!
When submitting to the BBC, knowing you are doing so blind and it is highly unlikely you’ll get any feedback. What I’d like would be “we like this but it’s unsuitable because of….’ and if it was something I could work on and resubmit I’d do so. Mind, I think this is true for publishers/agents too.
Having enough time to write as much as I want and to read as much as I want!