Writer's Block - Nothing Speaks To Me



I'm going through a tough time with my writing at the moment.

Nothing I write seems to speak to me. Do you know that feeling? It's as though whatever spark used to exist inside my head, whatever creativity I had, has just been bled out. The spark has been extinguished. And I feel as though I've failed.

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Have I failed as a writer because of this? Anything I do, whatever I write...it doesn't seem to grab me, to hold my mind in a vice-like grip and whisper don't you dare let go.

If this is writer's block, then for me it's writer's torture. Writing is my escapism, the one way I can vent my feelings and just let go. And if I can't do that, if I can't write....then what can I do? What am I? What is my purpose?

Does anybody relate to this? Can anybody give me some advice on how to re-capture my spark?

I know this is a short (and kind of sad) post, but I need your help, if you can give me it.


Farewell for now, Internet.


- Sunset xx

Comments

  1. I have the same problem from times to time, and I realized the best thing you could do is find inspiration. I sometimes go on a "writing break" to find inspiration, and I would get back into the swing of writing. Just try to find a few good writing prompts online! :)

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    1. I think I'll try that. Thanks for the prescription, doctor! :)

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  2. Yes I know what you mean. My advice is not to stress about it. Read a book, enjoy a face mask, watch a movie, read my blog haha, listen to music, chill and some ideas will come to you I promise! You got this. I believe in you.

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    1. Aw, your advice made me smile! Thank you, I really appreciate your help (and now off I pop to read your blog...haha)

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  3. The thing about inspiration and creativity is that it's not something we directly control. We can channel it, we can ignore it, we can develop it, but we cannot snap our fingers and say, "1 2 3 BE INSPIRED NOW!"

    So no, it's not a failing on your part. In fact, while reading your post, the psychologist-sense in me saw red flags. I would urge you not to internalize this. While you could certainly CHOOSE to fall down the rabbit hole of existential crisis, I think it would be overly dramatic and self-sabotaging.

    Inspiration comes and goes. You can choose what to do with it, but you cannot choose to feel it on a whim. Do not expect otherwise.

    Determination, now that you can choose. Hold on to your identity as a writer. It is so obviously important to you. Be patient. The winds will again shift, in time. This too is a test of your writer abilities. What you do when the inspiration dries up is as important as when the inspiration thrums within you.

    Meanwhile? I like the advice in other comments. Do other things. Allow your creativity time to recharge. If that goes too long, look up some prompts and keep practicing.

    It may even be that your inspiration has wandered somewhere else, waiting for you to find it. :)

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    1. This comment felt like a wake-up call to me. Thank you so much! I do tend to internalize things, and I do realise that I'm not Alice: I can't allow myself to fall down the metaphorical rabbit hole.

      You've actually really reassured me with this, so thank yooouuu!

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    2. I'm glad my words reassured you. Happy to be of service! *tips a gentleman's cap and bows*

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  4. Yes I absolutely experience this. Sometimes I convince myself that I am going to spend the night writing only to reach the keyboard with paralyzing fear that I can't put into words. What I've learnt is that there's no use forcing it if you can't but it's good to establish a writing ritual anyway. Have a certain time of day dedicated to just writing and write whatever you can. Whatever that comes into your head. Usually, once you get past that brick wall of torture, you can get SOMETHING down. No writing is wasted. Even if it sucks, your older self might find something in it that could be reinvented.

    That being said, don't doubt your identity as a writer just because of this. Like the above comment said. You'll get back in the game!

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    1. "WILDCATS, GET YOUR HEAD IN THE GAME1" (hsm reference there from the good ol' Disney days...)

      Thanks for the advice, Skylar. I think I just need to stop giving myself a hard time over this and just....let the inspiration find me. <3

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  5. I relate to this. In may 2016, i daily blogged and it burned me out for a good solid month! Relaunched in august tho!

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  6. It happens. That's why I blog ahead about 30 posts so I don't have to feel rushed to make a post. I can give myself time to find something else to blog about. Once writing stops being fun and starts to feel like a chore for me, then I stop finding something to write about.

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    1. Yeah, I do that too sometimes. But I mostly just write about 2-3 posts ahead (respect for 30, btw) and leave it at that. My writer's block is affecting my writing at the moment, though (as in my WIP), and it's really getting me down.

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  7. Sometimes I have writer's blog for weeks and sometimes I have so many ideas that I cannot keep up...crazy eh?

    I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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    1. Thanks! Writer's block just strikes at the worst times, doesn't it?

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  8. I have writers block pretty often. It leaves me not writing for weeks at a time. I would say, don't stress out about it, take a break from writing if you have to, and engage in other activities such as reading.

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    1. Your advice is very much appreciated. THANK YOU!!!

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