Do You or Have You Ever Suffered from Writer's Block?

United States
January 11, 2007 2:45pm CST
I've journaled for many years, and though I think that may have been a big help for me, I think I can give credit to my crazy creativity when I say... I don't think I ever really have. When I want to write something, I just start writing. Sure, I have to edit out quite a bit of junk, but when I sit down to write ... I write. The fingers start flying, the cursur bounces across the page and soon I find that I have written way more than I needed to for what I planned to do. Take this post for instance. It was supposed to be 4, maybe 5 lines. Yet somehow it ended up as an article. Now it's your turn.
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@Wanderlaugh (1624)
• Australia
11 Jan 07
Writers block is a result of the wrong approach to a subject. As you say, the opposite effect has its moments, too. Don't know how long you've been writing, but an outtakes file is always handy. I've been writing something for a few years now. It's the first non-fiction book I've ever done, and I'm demanding that it's also my idea of a really good book. So an overflow file has resulted, keeping the extra stuff as a reference and not losing the material. Hope that's some help.
• Australia
11 Jan 07
Er, um, ah, "journaled for many years"... sorry
• United States
11 Jan 07
lol - shortcuts are great aren't they? Hey if Snoop Dog can create a whole vocabulary around "izzle" I can say 'journaled' in a forum. This ain't none of that there literary art you see in them leather-bound books fer smart peeple. lol Sorry. Can't help but laugh at myself sometimes. Actually I write sales copy for pay, and I write for me sometimes and for a promotional article here and there. I keep overflow from copywriting too. Little bits & pieces that don't make the final cut ... but I just can't throw them out. Thanks for the input.
• Australia
11 Jan 07
You beed one of they copy-critters, a-scratchin' at that thither Golden Mall? Yup, I plumb done some of that.
• United States
11 Jan 07
I've had writers block before. Mostly I just do a lot of typing or writing to help break it. I've found that writing through it helps. However, a lot of the time, I'm not going through writers block, I'm having problems with the motivation to actually sit and write.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
Ah yes. I know that feeling all too well. I have four different potentially profitable book ideas, yet all I have is a bunch of notes. Why is that? Money sitting on the table and I'm too darn lazy to do what I must to pick it up. I know how you feel doll.
• United States
11 Jan 07
I'm a college student, so for the time being, I do my writing when I can..which is usually when I have nothing else to do, so I have time to write, but even then, finding the motivation is hard. I usually have to sit and type regardless of how I feel, sometimes it works, other times it doesn't. It's just one of those things..work and get paid or not..lol
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@sahergul (774)
• Pakistan
12 Jan 07
well what can i say about your this habbit, all will i say that try to control ur fingers... lol... by the way this habbit is great for u as a myLot member... start good discussion and u'll rewards worthwhile for ;)...
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Ah yes. Only on the internet can one find that it pays to have far too much to say. lol
@kathy77 (7488)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Yes I know what you mean you have to be in the mood to write and then it just flows, Yes I have suffered Writers Block before and that is when the words just will not come so I have to just go and relax or watch television and then the words come back to me.
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Moody are we? No worries. I think anyone who writes is a bit off his rocker. Welcome to Crazy World. ;0)
@chingoy (46)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
good for you! i have been trying so hard to express my thoughts in to writing up til now still having hard time! it just amazes me how people can come up with really nice write up! my writer friend always tells me to just scribble down anything that comes in and just organize them later but still doesnt work for me...may be you can give some more tips...
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• United States
13 Jan 07
Write often, and about anything. The more you write - the easier it gets. It's great when the words just seem to pour out through your fingers without much thought - but it takes a while. If I had a dollar for every word I've ever typed, I'd be a VERY rich man.
@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
Hey there, I can't imagine you ever having writers' block! Me, I love to write, but sometimes I do get the old blockage! lol
• United States
12 Jan 07
You're right. There is one benefit to being a little insane ... there's always something to say. lol
@anne_143god (5390)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
I always do suffer from wrter's block here in Mylot there are times that I cant say what I want to say. There is something in my mind that I cant say and I think that is one kind of writers block I dont know if you will accept it as one but for me it is one kind of writers block.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I have had my bouts with writer's block, but I always find a way to get passed it. I recently took a course that gave a few more tools. Most days it flows like water but once in a while I hit a wall.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Walls are never fun, though I've done things up against a wall that were quite entertaining. ;0)
@abaskamal (149)
• Malaysia
12 Jan 07
Yes, I do suffer from it too. I get bored of doing posts after every week or two & must rest & do less of it for a few days.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
I agree. Posting gets a little old, and the ideas don't come fast enough (or at all) sometimes.
@mikaghi (389)
• United States
12 Jan 07
i do have writer's block once in a while, usually when i have a deadline looming. but i get over it when i start reading. then the ideas come flowing in.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
Deadlines stink. Even if I set them, they still put a squeeze on you. ...and it's a bit of a creativity killer for me. Reading - something closely related to what you are working on? ...something inspirational? ...something else?
@patgalca (14301)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jan 07
I don't have so much of a block as excuses. Fear is the number reason for not writing - fear of success, fear of where the story will take us in our own past experiences that we may not be willing to get into quite yet. I am filled with excuses and distractions. A good books is A Writer's Book of Days by Judy Reeves. It has a writing prompt for every day of the year, and then some. It is very helpful. I have put together a whole story using prompts from that book and my writing group. It has taken quite awhile to patch them all together and put them in the right order and such but I think it is finally in place. I'm on the fifth edit and will probably have one or two more. When I absolutely have to write, I journal, or I write a poem. I don't want to start another novel until I finish the one I'm working on. Then I will have to go back and edit the first one as I have learned quite a bit since I wrote it. I've been writing a lot of short stories lately too because I took a short story workshop. Just write, let the words flow from your pen or fingers. Do not be afraid. And don't let the truth stand in the way of fiction.
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• United States
12 Jan 07
"A Writer's Book of Days" - fantastic. That sounds like a cool resource. "Just write" - that's exactly what I do. Often it starts off with a simple "Well, it's time to write again..." and turns into something completely different before I stand up. I think writing at a set time may work for many people too, as it trains the mind and body that it IS time to write. Good post. I like that last line "don't let the truth stand in the way of fiction." Cool. Thanks for posting.
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• Portugal
11 Jan 07
NaNoWriMo is a great training to prevent writer's block. I had been delaying my "start writing" moment for years. Then, I signed-up for NaNoWriMo (an event where you must write a 50K+ novel in one month), in order to test my determination. I reached the 50K goal in 25 days. However, the novel wasn't very good, but I actually wrote something. And I never blocked more than 15 minutes. I wrote the first thing that came to my mind, with no regrets, not looking what was behind. The result was a novel only semi-coherent, with lots of mistakes (word choice, structure) but the story itself came quite good. Even without an outline of some sort. The point is, I do believe writer's block can be overcome quite easily, especially in creative writing, by simply not procrastinating. It's like a musician playing some song. He needs to study, it's unlikely that the music will be perfect the first time he plays it. Just write what comes to your mind, until you reach the end of the idea. Then, simply revise what you did. Or better, write the whole article/chapter/etc. without looking back. Have no regrets in what you are writing. Word processors nowadays can easily replace or delete parts you don't like. A good book to read is On Writing, by Stephen King. It sure taught me a lot.
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• United States
11 Jan 07
"On Writing" gets another vote. That's good stuff. Have you heard the audio tapes that are voiced by King? I'm hoping the library still has them - these posts have me wanting to listen in again. 50K wds in 25 days sounds amazing to me. Kudos. I'd never have stuck to that one. lol Hey, that's a lot of work for poor pay - I'd rather write a salesletter with that time and get paid $1000+. The creative side of my writing comes out in song. When I write for profit - it's to make sales. When I write for publicity - it's non-fiction. Music is my creative outlet. Great post. Thanks for that.
@WebMann (4732)
• Canada
11 Jan 07
I sat down to write something but nothing has come to mind yet, so I will have to get back to you...
• United States
11 Jan 07
Haha ... the WebMann! I shoulda known I could count on you for a chuckle.
@Angelwriter (1956)
• United States
11 Jan 07
I suffer from writers block all the time. It's not really so much writers block in the middle of the project, although that happens sometimes, but trying to come up with any ideas at all. I know ideas are everywhere, I just have a hard time corralling them.
• United States
12 Jan 07
I can't stop coming up with ideas. It's crazy. I get so many ideas on different things to do that I don't know where my time & effort would be best spent ... and I end up setting all of it aside and coming up with something completely different. Sometimes I think I'd be better off being LESS creative. No limits brainstorming may be something to consider for you. Turn off your inner editor so it stops saying "no - that's just silly" and write down anything and everything that comes to mind. Set your mind free. When pen comes to paper - it's your world. Thank you very much for your contribution. Stay in touch, ok?
• India
12 Jan 07
I just realized it ..many times the 'inner judge' has come in my way to get down the ideas onto the paper...thanks for the tip.
• United States
12 Jan 07
Don't feel bad, I too sometimes lack really good ideas for my writing. Sometimes I'll be completely ready to write and then nothing. That certainly does nothing for motivation when you're trying to write something out.
@allen123 (76)
• United States
12 Jan 07
i suffer from writers block on occasion.but i normally write about it to get throught it. i think its trying to write out of wanting to write instead of writting out of passion and insporation but thats just my opinion
• United States
12 Jan 07
Yeah, especially if you're on a deadline. My creativity fades fast the closer I get to a point where I MUST have something done. I guess it just ruins the whole creative process for me when it's under any kind of pressure. Thank you for your contribution.
@patgalca (14301)
• Orangeville, Ontario
12 Jan 07
Yes, I actually wrote a poem about writer's block. It's called, well, Writer's Block. LOL!
• United States
12 Jan 07
Haha. You might have to post that one. ;0)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I write music so I have had writers block many times. What I do when I get is just simply leave the music alone for a while and let the writing come back to me naturally. Either that or I watch or listen to something that I find inspiring and hope it can spark some ideas.
12 Jan 07
That's a good idea -- sometimes I CAN write, but I don't think it's to my best ability, so I leave it for a while and come back to it later, or use the brainstorm I made in the front of my journal with 'what compells us'.
@icequeen (2843)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
I am also a writer...and I have experienced writer's block. I hate it too...Then there are times like you described when I can just sit down and write...and write. It is weird. Anyway..if you want to talk feel free to contact me.
• United States
19 Jan 07
Yes, it's nice when it all just seems to flow as though it were coming from somewhere else. Sometimes I think it actually does! But, the blockage often throws a wrench in the works for many of us. Thanks for the comment. I've sent a friend request to stay in touch.
@DavidReedy (2411)
• United States
12 Jan 07
Yes, I've suffered from writer's block--because sometimes you struggle with now what to say, but rather how to say it. It does take some discipline to free-write as you describe, and any who'll apply themselves can do that. However, it matters how you define writers block, and on whether or not you are drafting something, or trying to instantly produce a masterpiece.
• United States
18 Jan 07
Very true. There's a big difference in sitting down at a blank page not knowing what to write about and sitting down with an assignment and not knowing how you're going to piece it all together. Thanks for the input.
• United States
11 Jan 07
I find that I get my inspiration for writing when I'm sad. For some strange reasons, I can sit and sing out a chapter or two. If nothing negative is going on in my life then my brain does not get quiet enough for me to think, least of all to write. Maybe I suffer from a permanent state of writer's block?
• United States
11 Jan 07
Interesting. I actually make better music when I'm depressed or angry about something. That alone is the biggest reason I won't let a doctor put me on antidepressants. Take away my ups and downs and I'm afraid 3/4 of my creativity is going to go out the door with it. Thanks for your input.
@b00chay (25)
19 Jan 07
I unfortunately am suffering from writers block this very moment [not on this site obviously, but in my works very much so]; I have the ideas, the visual representation of what I want to say but the words never seem to come and I always end up my alterations and additions. It may be due to the fact I'm really concise when I describe always seem to fall short of targets and 'over-writing' has never been an issue for me.