Any writers out there?


I am writing a story, and i feel like it is one of my best peices as of yet. i used to write every single day, and i used to spend hours and hours each day working on every aspect of it. charictor development charts, family trees, items that i have pooled that are written into the story. most obviosly, the story itself.

about a month ago, i became verry, verry blocked. i can’t write a thing. i’ve tried everything. prompts, talking to friends, researching things related to the story, even forcing myself to write. everything i try to write is utter crap. i can’t even see my bedroom floor anymore because of all the crumpled up papers. can anyone help me? please? i’m desperate to write something good.

Tags: asked April 19, 2015

5 Answers

I've been a writer for over 25 years, and I've experienced what you're describing many times throughout my life. My advice would be to walk away for awhile and just put writing on the back burner. Take a real vacation from it. I know that might sound counter-intuitive, but it can make things much worse the more you force it. The more you force it, the more you feel insecure about your ability, which only adds to the block. I find that if I walk away for awhile and put my energies into other things, the more my mind can relax. I also begin 'missing' the writing, the distance helps me remember what I love about it more clearly. I bet you anything that if you do that, you'll wake up one day and find yourself refreshed and back on your feet. Give it a try! I know how frustrating it is to be blocked like that, I hope it gets better for you soon!
As @Gioriana said, the only way to get inspiration back is staying away from letters and phrases and jus t relax.
Once you're completely relaxed, the ideas will start to come automatically. Just try to avoid all kind of stress and don't be desperate or frustrated, is normal. Just take a break, your body needs to stay at 100% for making anything!

Good Luck!

Thank you both for your help. i'll try this. hopefully i'll be back to writing soon, though. :D
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Hi, I'm a researcher at papersmart, been writing various academic papers for five years and therefore have some modest experience in writing. Well, the thing that you are telling sounds familiar, it happens to me from time to time. The solution, which I find effective is the following - take some rest. Actually, the intellectual work of writers consumes too much brain power, as a result you may feel depressed or lack of motivation to do anything at all. Depression is better to be avoided, therefore go date someone or be involved in any sport activity outdors and the situation will definitely change for better.