Monday, February 14, 2011

Day 57: Writer's Block Is A Bitch!

Grumble, grumble, grumble...

What the hell is going on here? The words have disappeared. They've flown away. They've packed their bags and left for Bermuda. "Don't forget to take a left at Albuquerque!" I yell and wave bye-bye.

I'm half way through my novel and I can't think of how to start this next scene. And things were going so well. *shakes head in shame* What do I do now? I can't even think of a way to just push through it. ARG!

Why is this scene so hard to write? Does that mean I shouldn't even write it? Oh no, I'm starting to doubt myself. My ability, my plot, my characters. Oh crap, oh crap, oh crap. I'm spiraling down.

How do I get past this? Any suggestions, all you beautiful, wonderful, supportive people?


  1. When I get stuck like this, I take a day off. I let go of my writers guilt and read a book, or go for a really long walk, or do something I don't usually have time to do and DO NOT THINK ABOUT THAT DANG WIP. lol

    Sometimes it takes two days, but when I come back to it, the words flow again.

    Good luck. :)

  2. Fold some laundry, do some dishes, go for along walk. Keep your mind off it. Stress is the enemy.

  3. I do a few things to shake it loose. I'll try doing a freewrite: open up a new document and just write whatever comes out stream of consciousness style. Sometimes the scene will come out organically from there or you might find out WHY the scene isn't coming at all. Of course you might have a lot of "cheese monkeys spam" too.

    I also believe it or not, do some form of exercise where I have to concentrate on that and nothing else. Counting out reps and sets is almost like meditation.

    Good luck!



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