Ali Williams is talking about what happens when you're struggling to write.
I've been a fan of romance novels for as long as I can remember.
I've put it down to a number of reasons in the past, but one of the most probably is that I wasn't actually allowed to read romance novels that weren't classics as a kid, so I used to smuggle them home from the library and read them by torchlight.
And that's what I did for years. Read them when people weren't really looking, or when I was travelling and my friends wouldn't tease me for it.
Uni changed that.
I discovered that there was this incredible world online of authors and fans and bloggers, and I threw myself wholeheartedly on board.
But it wasn't until I restarted my life, that I really started to think about writing romance.
I'd written poetry - often romantic - and I'd written snippets and drabbles of fiction that I was pretty pleased about, but actually writing a book. One that I'd finish? It had never really crossed my mind.
Only, I used to be an English teacher and so I can edit, and I've read 70 books this year already - and when I say this year, I mean since January - so when people say you should read around the genre you want to write, well, I've done that. I know the genre and some of its sub-genres inside out.
And yet I'm scared of writing.
Writer's Wednesday is usually full of advice for those who want to write, and I devour it every week because I want to write. I want to write so flipping badly.
I have a wip and characters who are so real to me that I dream about them, and I could probably tell you exactly how my hero and heroine would react to any given thing at any given time.
But it's the writing bit that gets me.
I NaNo and I set myself targets and I even turn off the internet on my laptop and force myself to write.
But I over-edit and over-edit and over-edit and get stuck in a rut until I can't look at my wip without wanting to cry.
I can write, but a part of me is scared that I'm just not cut out to write a novel.
I shan't give up though. It's tough, but that's life, and I love romance too much to give up on it any time soon. Plus, I'm really enjoying writing about Doug and Cressie...even if it's taken me four months to write one and a half chapters.
So published authors, take pity on me - and all those other struggling writers out there - what do you do to kickstart your writing when you're stuck?
Ali Williams grew up in Croydon and spent her teenage years in a convent girls' school. She then fled to university where she discovered champagne cocktails, a capella singing and erotica.
These days she blogs about perceptions of romance, chick lit and women in society, whilst attempting to finish that every-growing wip, Made for Sin.