A Pick And Sledgehammer is Next

In recent weeks, I’ve been struggling through one of the worst bouts of writer’s block I’ve ever had.  I’ve done writing, sure, but I can’t seem to put my current WIP back on its tracks after something derailed it.

I’m not sure if stress is killing it or if I’m just a little burned out on the story at the moment.  I have an idea where it should go but don’t have the full detailed resolution worked out yet.  Some of the major plot points are … well, fuzzy at best.  And while I should be hammering away at those things, I just can’t get myself motivated to push through.

I can’t imagine this is unique to me.  And some of you writer types probably found better ways than I have to mash through this quagmire, when you’ve run across it.  So, I’m coming to you all, humble and seeking wisdom:

What the heck do I do to get through this?

I’d not be opposed to sledging away at it if it were a literal block, but I don’t know what the problem is.  I like the story, I enjoy the characters and I believe in the project.  I’ve not been prolific on anything lately, but I have managed to mash through some things.  Just not the one I feel I should be most dedicated to.

Some things I’ve tried include, but are not limited to:

  • Writing other things to try and “loosen up”
  • Working on the outline
  • Writing poetry
  • Reading more — a lot more — in a diversity of styles and authors
  • Talking with a couple of online writing friends about what might be happening and how to work through it
  • Forgetting about it altogether (note: this did not work — at all)

So … what other things do you all use when you’re stuck?  I guess it’s not true writer’s block, because I can write when the mood strikes (not often) and the inspiration is there (not often enough).  But my own story lies bleeding to death and sludging me with guilt whenever I sit to write.  And I have no clue what to do.

Sound off if you care.  I’ve got a bad feeling I’ve asked this before and got good answers, but I’m too sleepy and lazy to do a search for it in my own blog.  Tell you what — give me the advice again and I promise to write it down and tape it to my wall above my monitor.

Thanks in advance to everyone who provides input, and God bless you all.



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4 thoughts on “A Pick And Sledgehammer is Next

  1. When I get like that, I’ve found that the nanowrimo approach works pretty well to limber me up. Don’t worry about the plot, just write whatever comes into your head. You can always delete it if it doesn’t fit, but more often than not, the stuff is usable AND it knocks your block loose.

  2. Sherri — Thanks, hon!! I really appreciate the advice. Kind of a stream-of-consciousness thing, eh? Just throw as much crap at the wall as possible and see what, if any, sticks? Hm. I haven’t tried that yet, but I’m bound to now. Thanks, sweetie — love you!

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