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.