writer’s block: banging my head against a wall
In the life of the aspiring writer, writer’s block is an inevitable fact of life. I just have to ask why when I have no time to write (i.e. during a semester of school), I have tons of ideas, and then when I have all the time in the world, the well of ideas runs dry? I have all this desire and time to write, work on that best-selling book every aspiring writer wants to write, but no original ideas. I feel like the universe is laughing at me.
Working on the ideas I’ve already started, I feel completely insecure. Being kind of a book snob, I don’t want to write anything I would never consider reading myself, but can I really meet my own standards? Are these stories worth telling? Are they redundant or cliche? Has it all been done before? This is paralyzing me.
Just browsing through the website Writer’s Block Help has already at least made me feel better about my insecurity. Just reading the Creative Writing Quotes has encouraged me to keep trying. There are solutions on this site for almost every kind of writer’s block, whether you’re just terrified of not living up to your writing heroes (like me) or you’re idea tank is running on empty. There are writing prompts just to get you writing something, suggestions of where to go for inspiration, and even a list of creative writing contests.
My own usual remedies:
- If my story were a movie, what music would be on the soundtrack? Listen to that music.
- Read the books that make you want to write or the authors that are your heroes. I love Ian McEwan’s writing style in Atonement. He has a way of putting words together so they just look and sound pretty. The Chronicles of Narnia also help because the magic is in C.S. Lewis’ words.
- Sometimes writing on paper the old-fashioned way instead of at my computer helps to. It’s good to feel the act of writing with a pen. It feels more intimate, like I’m a part of the writing process.
Whether your writing songs, books, poetry, or designing furniture, websites, ads, stationary or painting for your own pleasure, what do you turn to when you need an inspiration boost? What’s your creative Red Bull?
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