Hi everyone!!! 😀 How’s it going? Well, I don’t think I’m gonna have time for a post of my own, so I’m going to ‘repost’ (copy and paste! ;)) a really good post of Misty’s!! 😀 I’ve actually never had Writer’s block before, but I’m (SADLY) guessing that it might start soon! It’s really good to know this ahead of time though!! 🙂 Misty from mistycreativewriting.wordpress.com wrote this and I give HER full credit!! 🙂 Here it is! Bye everyone! 😀
Writer’s Block. Every writer knows that dreaded name, and I’m sure every writer has experienced it before.
Writer’s Block can take different forms. It can be short term, or it can be long term. Maybe you find yourself sitting down, a pencil in hand, staring at a blank piece of paper and ready to write. Then your mind goes blank.
Bam! Sound the alarms! Time to panic, right? You feel empty of inspiration. Suddenly, everything else around you becomes interesting. You want to go outside. You want to read a book. You want to check your email. You want to get on the Internet.
I think Writer’s Block is often made to appear much bigger and much more challenging to beat than it really is. Often, I find myself thinking something along the lines of, “Oh no. I don’t know what to write. Maybe this just isn’t a good time.” Thus, I find myself turning away to do something else and convincing myself the inspiration will just “come at its own time.”
I believe Writer’s Block is really just the writer’s refusal to get up and find inspiration.
Yes, sometimes inspiration is random. Sometimes, you get struck by a brilliant idea and urge to sit down and start writing. However, there’s a problem with this method:
Random inspiration dies quickly if it isn’t fed and nourished.
Inspiration is everywhere. The writer is the person who takes the time to sit down and examine that inspiration. They turn it over in their hands, looking at it from different angles and perspectives. The more they examine it, feed it, the more it grows.
So, how do you examine it?
1. Write it down.
You NEED to do this. This part is underestimated too often. Too often, we dwell on the idea in our heads, thinking of its brilliance and our own brilliance to come up with such an amazing notion. The problem is if you write your story off of the idea, the spark of inspiration in your head, it will most likely not work. It will die off. You will run out of ideas, and the spark will shrink away. This is why you need to write your ideas down. Experience with plot boards! Outlines! Journals! Just random bullet points left and right help a lot too.
2. Look for more inspiration.
It’s not always going to randomly come to you. You need to be on the lookout. While it may not be the best kind of question in real life scenarios, the “what if” question sure can work miracles for a writer. Don’t be afraid to be bold. What will your reader expect? Do the opposite. Don’t be afraid to research, to look around, to experiment with different twists and turns in your story. Open up your mind.
3. Don’t give up.
No matter how disappointed or discouraged you may feel, do not give up! You are a writer. You can do this. Remind yourself that every writer experiences the frustration and discouragement you’re feeling, and that it will pass if you don’t give up. You got this!
When Writer’s Block comes knocking at your door, don’t be afraid. If you are the cause of your own Writer’s Block, then you can surely conquer it.
Look for inspiration. Stay focused. Don’t let distractions draw you away. There’s another time and place for Pinterest, my friend. Facebook can wait. For now, you are a writer. And what do writers do? They write.
What helps you focus? What inspires you? Music? The outdoors? If you’re seeking to write about Christ, pray.
Don’t let Writer’s Block slow you down.
K.A Again…see, wasn’t that inspiring!? 😀 XD Bye again!! 😛