Have you experienced losing all your creative juices in writing?

Philippines
January 23, 2007 7:29am CST
I stopped writing for many years now. I think my creative juices just got drained when I started working. I still want to continue writing, but I'm not sure where or how to begin again. Any ideas?
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@PinchMe (193)
• Canada
27 Jan 07
I know what you are going through. Not too long ago I went through a similar thing. I didn't feel inspired and when I wrote something it seemed stale in a way and repetative. But then I saw a documentary on the Book Network. I don't remember the author in subject but his technique was interesting. He had a facination of small crafts and collectable cellebrity dolls to tourist artifacts installed in every space of one room in his house where he would spend long hours typing. When ever he would feel a mental block approaching he would only have to lift his head and look around the room and inspiration some times get an immediate jump start. His only set back was distractions from time to time away from the main plot summary he would be working on. So I use a dumb down version. I've decided buying all of those things would be too expensive. And that's where my photography side comes in handy. I can go out and capture pictures that can aid in expanding more thoughts and ideas when writing. It allows me to take a break of stale thoughts and open a new window to invite more fresh ideas in. I think it's a wonderful aid for a creative writer. But it doesn't have to be a camera, you can look closer to other things like; the performing arts, crafts, community cultral events, etc... I hope this helps.
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
That's brilliant! I'll probably start by buying a digicam to get my inspiration from pictures. I've been wanting to take photography but I couldn't get myself to it because the course is just expensive. I'll stick with the digicam. Thanks!:)
@raenie (706)
• Philippines
27 Jan 07
I think I'm in the same boat as you are--just like anything else, once you stop doing something or do it without regularity, one does tend to lose their grasp of it...and once this happens, it's just so frustrating. I haven't been writing as much as I have been before & more often than not, I find myself stumped. Maybe getting inspiration from something would help...or just simply pondering--try to remember, reminisce what made your writing juices flow from before & draw inspiration from it. And having a notebook with you at all times also helps. Or better yet, try to read writings that you've done before & draw inspiration from there =). I find doing this sometimes and it actually helps...or maybe read something from a favorite author, or poet... and sometimes it may also be something which seems so simple as just stopping what you are doing and just allow yourself to just BE. You may be surprised of how those writing juices can just come flooding back, especially if it's in your blood ^_^. Hope I was able to help..looking forward to reading your writings!
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
another problem is that, once i start reading my past writings, i get the feeling that most of them suck. I can't even remember what was on my mind during those times that I wrote them.
@smkwan2007 (1036)
• Hong Kong
27 Jan 07
Some books on writing suggest brain storming and free writing as some kind of means to get something out of the mind. I admit I am a person with little creativity. So I tried the suggestion above to squeeze creative juices out of my head. I am not sure if it works, Yes I can write pages of sentences with the free writing, or brain storming methods but I don't know the stuff I wrote on paper is creative or not. I think you know the suggestions already. right?
• Philippines
29 Jan 07
you're right. but still not writing. I don't know why it's really hard to find inspiration these days.
@peavey (16906)
• United States
23 Jan 07
I think you've gotten some good advice. I stopped writing for about 20 years, then started again, but I don't think that's what you're talking about. When you get a brain drain, take a break, then just start writing anything. Do a blog or a journal and keep posting here. If you keep writing, your way will soon be clearer and you'll be able to tell where to go with your writing.
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
i really hope it would come back. it's not like it was. before, i just see or hear something and i already felt like writing, i was thoroughly inspired. now, i can't find a single thing that invokes me to write.
• Canada
23 Jan 07
It happened to me. I was writing a book called "silver linings" about the wonderufl things my family has done for me, when they all managed to drive me nuts at once, and I totally lost my inspiration.
• Philippines
23 Jan 07
that's awful! did you manage to finish the book?
23 Jan 07
they say practice makes a man perfect so does it go for creativity. One should never stop being creative, the more you practise the better yo become it spells success. To start all over again is quite difficult but give it a shot every day and it will come back to you.