Writer’s Block – Update!

I adopt a head-in-the-sand approach to pretty much everything. If I’m angry with someone, I’ll let it brew rather than talk about it. If someone has really upset me, I’ll pretend they no longer exist. And if I’m suffering from acute writer’s block, I’ll just stop writing.

Three weeks ago I blogged about the utter crapness of writer’s block (update: I’ve still got it). Since then I’ve been the lucky recipient of much helpful advice and I’ve used that to formulate a little plan. So, once I’ve had some breakfast and changed out of my pyjamas here’s what I’ll be doing:

1. Start a diary. For some time I thought a blog was the same as a diary – a place to scribble about my thoughts, feelings etc. But I need something that isn’t censored for an audience. I expect it to include the indescribably boring (“The tube was a bit crowded today”), evil things I wouldn’t dare say in a public forum and general emotional gubbins I don’t like talking about. Obviously I won’t show it to a soul.

2. Write. And write. And write. Most of the advice I’ve been given is to worry about quality later and just concentrate on getting the words out. So I’ll be aiming to write every day, no matter how disheartening and horrible it feels to see the crap that’s coming out. Even if these are words that nobody ever sees, it’ll be good to get back in the habit of forming sentences and paragraphs and things.

3. Get feedback. Thankfully I have very understanding editors who are happy to check over my work and give me constructive criticism. Honestly, I don’t know why I didn’t speak to them about it sooner.

Hopefully my little plan will get me back on track. Not to say that I was a fantastic writer before this writer’s block kicked in. Far from it. But it was something that I enjoyed. And I really want to get that feeling back.

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3 thoughts on “Writer’s Block – Update!

  1. Siany says:

    The good thing about writer’s block is that is goes as quickly as it appears. One day you’ll be all blocked, the next day you’ll be scribbling away like nothing ever happened. You totally forget that you ever had it in the first place. T’will happen, I promise :-)

  2. Vaughan says:

    Interesting post – well, couple of posts. I’ll be keen to know how you get on and whether the plan works out.

    As a formerly fairly prolific writer who’s been afflicted (yes, afflicted – dramatic times call for dramatic words) by writer’s block for longer than I care to think about, I confess to having tried similar ideas to those above. The daily diary, in particular, didn’t work out for me – maybe I just don’t have an interesting enough life (that is a definite possibility, sadly), but I soon found I had nothing to say apart from repeated slight variants of “wake, work, home, sleep”, which bored me to death. At that point I would end up getting into more internal-facing psychological stuff which, frankly, is never too good an idea for me.

    I also tried the often-discussed ‘morning writing’. But considering I get up at 6:30am anyway, trying to wake at 5.00am was more than I could realistically manage.

    i’ve detected my stumbling block as being how to ‘switch off’ after a day at work, and make my brain turn from work-related thoughts into writing mode. It does, eventually, but by then it always seems to be getting late in the evening, and I know that if I started anything then it would soon be two in the morning …

    Time to try again though, definitely.

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