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Writers Block and Worries

Hi everyone,

So, recently, I've been a bit worried. I'm struggling to think of anything new to write, and since I'm busy looking for employment now that I've graduated from university, I haven't had time to sit down and really think about creative stuff.

Also, a lot of time has passed since my last piece, and thus, I'm worried that I've lost whatever writing ability I might have had. This, in turn, has put me off writing, since I don't want to produce something weak that will disappoint my readers.

Have any of you ever had this feeling, too? Any advice?


Hannah Myers

24th July 2013


It matters not that you have not posted in a while....what matters is that you try again.

Ok, your next piece may not be your best...what does matter is that you write.

Everyone here, has had bad pieces posted....it is part of the writing process.

How we get out the cobwebs and produce.

The bad idea may reveal a good one that you can expound on.

Even if not a another idea comes , just free verse...it will keep your mind and

imagination active.

The best advice here is....KEEP WRITING...NO MATTER WHAT.


Leonard a. Wronke

24th July 2013


Thanks. I've been working on some scripts and collaborative projects recently, but it's sometimes hard for me to prove to myself that my writing is OK.


Hannah Myers

24th July 2013


Stress and depression can really affect a writer's ability to produce. Until you find employment, I'd suggest you start something simple by writing out a short synopsis of a book you want to write. After that, make a list of the main characters you see involved with the project. Give them a thorough physical and mental make-up, characteristics, and so forth to make them as three-dimensional as possible. Then, write down a series of major moments - like an outline - to get the story imbedded deeply into your psyche. By the time you find a job, relieve some of the stress in your life, you've got everything prepped for your writing project. After that - write. I know, harder than it looks...or sounds. The writers life is indeed a hard one. :-)


John Tucker

24th July 2013


Every single day I get writers block. The cure for me is to just keep writing anyway. Then, later, when I am not happy with what I have written, I get a moment of mad genius (lol) and fix, change, alter or re-write what I wrote. I have several projects going at once so when I get stuck with one I go on with the other. I am never happy of course. No writer is ever really happy. My major books have undergone many revisions even since being published. I can honestly say I am only really happy with one of them and even then I still tinker with it.

Writing is something you do every day, even when the inspiration doesn't come. Maybe write about the lack of inspiration or what demotivates you. But just write, until the energy, the desire, the commitment, or whatever you want to call it, returns.


Paul Day

25th July 2013


Thanks, John & Paul. Your advice was very helpful.

John, your suggestion of a "baby step" approach, as it were, sounds very good to me. It is fair to say that my mind has been focused on more pressing matters recently. I'll give it a shot. I've been trying to get back into the habit of writing in my journal (I've been keeping it on and off for about three years), so that might help me.

Paul, the topic of "lack of inspiration" may well be a good starting point!


Hannah Myers

24th July 2013


Hannah, I've been having EXACTLY the same problem. Every time I've had an idea for a poem or a novel, it's come to me spontaneously, almost without my control, so whenever the ideas seem to get blocked and stop coming, I worry/panic that I'll never get any ideas again! If I could try some technique that always, without fail, gave me inspiration, obviously I'd try it, but my inspiration doesn't work that way so I kind of have to wait and hope something sparks an idea at random. It seems a lazy approach, but forcing it does NOT work for me.

Are you the same?

If so, I guess it's a waiting game. Try walking though in a quiet, solitary place. That helps me a tad. I would say the typical "keep writing" old rubbish, but to me, that never works. If I try to force it, I end up writing something absolutely crap!

Maybe try reading something that has inspired you before? Watch a film that spurs you on? I don't know - different strokes for different folks. Maybe now you and I have left uni, left things behind, have got new jobs or are looking for new jobs, and when life takes a different turn, it kind of knocks you off balance. It does for me. Things will surely settle down soon.
For me, I wait. Eventually, something will come to you.


Shaunna Harper

24th July 2013


Shaunna - thank you for replying. I'm glad I'm not alone! Perhaps moving on to the next stage of life IS having an effect on me/us, after all.

For me, "forcing" myself to write CAN work on occasion (i.e. if I see a very good prompt or writing exercise), but by and large, I'm also a "waiter" in terms of inspiration. My trips and daily experiences can inspire me, or, as a comedy writer, I exaggerate things that I've seen in the real world.

Quality-wise, I always think that ALL of my writing is crummy (which is why I've never considered professional publication, as I don't think I'm good enough), so I'm never sure what to upload or what to work on. That's just a confidence issue, though, and getting feedback helps. I call myself a hobbyist writer for a reason!


Hannah Myers

25th July 2013


I totally understand. Seriously, just wait, the inspiration will come eventually. You don't just stop being a writer :)


Shaunna Harper

26th July 2013


Thanks, Shaunna. My collaborative script projects are still going strong, but I'm just trying to find a spark for my own independent writing at the moment.


Hannah Myers

27th July 2013


Me too, but anyways chin up!


Shaunna Harper

27th July 2013


I make a list of the topics that I find interesting and I look for a way to intersect those topics. I find that often I push through even when not inspired and what I produce does not engage me. Going back to that list helps to get me excited about my topic. I will ask myself: Does my story have a beautiful viewpoint character? Check. Does my story involve characters with super human abilities? Check. Does my story incorporate religion in some way? No. Ooops! Let me "intersect" that in. I hope this helps. List-intersect-write.


Maurice Williams

1st August 2013


Thanks, Maurice.


Hannah Myers

10th August 2013


Thanks to everyone for their messages - I just wanted to let you know that things are looking up. I've found a job, and I've also decided to enrol onto a screenwriting evening class, starting in September. Since the class is suitable for beginners and not linked to my degree, I don't have the pressure of writing for university credits, so hopefully, it will be an enjoyable rather than a stressful experience. I'm now aiming to upload something a couple of times a month, at least.


Hannah Myers

10th August 2013


*thumbs up*


Shaunna Harper

10th August 2013


Thanks, Shaunna.


Hannah Myers

10th August 2013


Good luck Hannah. I love reading your work.


Davide Castel

12th August 2013


I'm glad to hear that. I consider myself an amateur, so I appreciate feedback!


Hannah Myers

12th August 2013


yup, i am there right now too. in fact, i am glad you started this discussion, so i can see I'M not the only one, too!


Summer Breeze

18th August 2013


Hey, thanks for sharing. Hope your writer's block is removed soon as you are a very good writer.


Asma Ahsan

19th August 2013


I had some disappointing news today. The screenwriting course I signed up for has been cancelled, due to lack of interest. I'm waiting to hear about alternative classes that the college should be able to offer me, but unless scripts are involved in some way, I'll probably give them a miss.

I'm quite saddened by this news, but I'm going to carry on scribbling my scripts anyhow - class or no class. I'll just have to try and find time for writing in between my work shifts!


Hannah Myers

1st September 2013


Good luck with the project. My writers block hit me today. i was in a flow for the last five to six things I posted, and now its gone. Taking a break now.


Asma Ahsan

2nd September 2013


I never have writer's block..strange.

Well, i guess there's so much going on in a teen's life that you tend not to ever run out of ideas.

However, write a good short story or a poem every day, AND READ! Keeps your inspiration going.
The skill of the pen is just like any other skill, without practice, it diminishes.

Hope dis helped. [Yes, the "dis" was intentional, Grammar Nazis.]

-Muzzi


Muzzammil Manzoor

2nd September 2013


Thanks, Muzzi.


Hannah Myers

2nd September 2013


Good news! I've contacted the college, and I've found out that they're going to re-run the screenwriting course at a later date. I've been transferred to the new class, and so, instead of starting this week as planned, I'll now begin my script-scribbling studies on November 5th.

The new start date is easy for me to remember. In Britain, November 5th is Bonfire Night - or Guy Fawkes Night, as it's also known. Writing a script amongst the noise of fireworks will be an interesting challenge during my first session. Luckily, I now have two months to really brush up my skills...


Hannah Myers

2nd September 2013


Good luck. :)


Asma Ahsan

2nd September 2013


Wait, isn't there a Mass Anonymous Meeting on the 5th?

Might want to lay off the internet on that day, chatter's getting around that on ol' Fawke's day, Anonymous is going to be very active.


Muzzammil Manzoor

3rd September 2013


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