I have trouble keeping up this blog. I'm not much of a talker, so finding topics is very difficult for me. But I heard that you should let your readers into your world. What's going on with you. That's what partly inspired this post. What's going on with me? I currently have writer's block. Aka I'm not writing. And it's making me nuts.
Every writer I know hates writer's block and almost every writer has suffered from it at one point. It's that point when the muse simply refuses to play nice. Maybe she’s tired and wants a vacation. Some muses like to be wined and dined. If you don’t feed them chocolate and wine (mine prefers a nice rose. *wink*), they tend to go on strike, don’t you know. How dare we treat them this way?
However you want to describe it, it’s that moment when you sit down at the computer (or with the pen and paper, if you do it old school) and nothing comes. Or, in my case, when the ideas seem great until I start to put them on paper. When everything I attempt to write goes absolutely nowhere and I find myself with a bazillion little snippets of scenes and no plot, and I’d rather go play the games on my iPad because they’re more interesting.
It’s gone on for months now and it’s making me crazy. For me, I’m think some of it may be stress. Life has erupted on me as of late. I’ll spare you the long winded whine (because if I tell you, that's exactly what it would be--me, complaining. lol). The real point is, I’m not writing, and I HATE it. I have three chapters and 20 pages of scene snippets for a story that ought to be emotional and gripping, but in actuality is lacking...well, something and is going completely nowhere.
I’ve tried everything. I’ve tried free writing, you know, writing whatever comes to me. I’ve tried brainstorming with critique partners. I’ve tried allowing myself to write crap (you know, of the “Jane sees Bob. Jane likes bob. Bob sees Jane” variety that make you cringe when you re-read it). I’ve tried writing other stories and have done exactly the same things with them. So as of right now, I have a high school reunion story started, the first chapter of a ghost story I have no idea what to do with, and as of this morning, the first scene in a paranormal involving a woman who can see and speak with angels and is sent to save a man’s life.
Nothing is working. None of these stories are grabbing me and I would much rather go do laundry. I would love to say I have all these wonderful suggestions about what to do when you’re in this place, but I’m afraid I don’t. I suppose I have nothing to do but give in, go find a book that interests me (Vonnie Davis' "Storm's Interlude" has caught my eye recently) and dive in.
So I thought I’d put it out there and ask. What do you when the writing is going nowhere?