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A creative wall.

For the first time in my life I've experienced something that could be called "writer's block". Oddly it's not the typical "cannot write at all" variety, it's very selective. Very selective. I can still white prose works. (BTW, for the followin' items, you'll get them as they fall from my fingertips save for typo correction, no edits or rewrites.)

As the water lapped onto the rocks, he couldn't help but marvel at the wonder of the place. Three months ago he'd fished about one hundred feet out on the lake through a hole in 5-foot thick ice. Now venturing out past 5 feet would see him in chest deep water. Cold chest deep water. Did the universe work like that to keep the critters from getting bored? Or to give the fish respite from the kingfishers for a month or two? He didn't understand how it worked, it just worked.

See? Not Hemingway but it's not horrible. All I'd have to do is figure out why this guy was sittin' by the lake watchin' wet rocks, figure out what's put him there, and figure out where he's goin' from there. I could do that.

I can still write poetic works.

Sunlight beamed through the treeline,
the forest woke for the day.
The deer ventured out to graze,
the squirrels foraging looking like play.

Okay, it's not Poe but... there's somethin' there that could be given a good polishing. It'd shine eventually. Maybe move the second pair so they're the starter, let the forest be the set up for the next stanza. It's not great but it's far better than crap. Well, it's slightly better than a lot of crap.

Lyrics? No. Just no. I'll come up with an okay line, and in my head I can hear how it'd fit perfectly in a melody line. I get out the pen and pad, or I fire up the notepad program. I write in that line. At that moment my mind... sneezes. Can't do anything with it. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get two or three lines in a row that might work together but then the creative well dries up and I'm just another goofball looking at a half blank piece of paper going "Duh, what do I write now?"

It's not the guitar, I don't write with a guitar in hand as I've played enough to know the notes and I can "play" them in my head. It's not the guitar distracting me. If I did write with the guitar handy, it would be a distraction. That's why I don't write with one handy.

It's not background noise, it's no more or less noisy in my writing area than usual. I don't have pure silence or a marching band, so in that respect nothing has changed. It's not mental noise. Yeah, I'm stressed to hell and gone but I've been at this level of constant stress for about a month with no let-up. My other writing work has gone on as normal.

Tried "backing into it", sort of cheating my own writer's block. Start off writing a poem and then at some point transition it to a lyrical piece. Nope, when I transition the wheels fall off and I'm in the weeds again.

Tried putting it away for a while. Lay it down and give it a rest. I took two days, refused to pick up my pen. I had ideas coursing through my brain like crazy. I had the damn things running out of my ears. I took one idea and started assembling it in my head but when I picked up my pen and note pad... Boom, nothing.

It's annoying... Very annoying.

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Hello!
I believe many writers can relate to you. :)

But have you ever wondered, that MAYBE the reason why you're not as satisfied with how and what you write these days is the fact that YOUR standard of writing has leveled up?

That before a little ching ching here and a little chang chang there "looks and feels" good for you already. But now, you've read more novels, poems, and learned from all the critiques given to you in the past...

I think it's good 'cause your writing abilities will eventually keep up with how you 'think' now, yeah?

You will be your own best version of writer for you are better than yesterday. :)

Have a nice day, Tj!
 
Thank you Reichelina. I think my own standards have risen some but it's still puzzling to be stonewalled by something so... simple. :(
 
TJ1985;bt5949 said:
Thank you Reichelina. I think my own standards have risen some but it's still puzzling to be stonewalled by something so... simple. :(

You'll get your groove back on! I have faith!
Have a nice day! :)
 
I'm with you, TJ. My creative wall at the moment is poetry. Not prose... . The more I worry about it and the harder I try the worse it gets. This has NEVER happened to me before. Never. I know it's only a phase I'm going through emotionally and I will work through it... raises glass to NaPoWriMo and my 30 crap poems to break through the wall or should that be smog?. Are you going to enter?
 
Some days, words flow like a river. Other days they find a dam through which to burst.
Both are temporary.
 
TJ my thoughts are different than the others.

Put down the pen, pick up the fishing pole. Get out of the house, enjoy the sunlight and go for a walk. There is a time and a season for all things. A writer lets the reader experience things from the comfort of the warm house while never venturing from the arm chair. The writer has to be able to relay and experience and put into words everything the senses pick up on.


Stimulate your senses and there will be plenty to write about.
 
Plasticweld;bt5953 said:
TJ my thoughts are different than the others.

Put down the pen, pick up the fishing pole. Get out of the house, enjoy the sunlight and go for a walk. There is a time and a season for all things. A writer lets the reader experience things from the comfort of the warm house while never venturing from the arm chair. The writer has to be able to relay and experience and put into words everything the senses pick up on.


Stimulate your senses and there will be plenty to write about.

I have to agree on this.
Walking and also observing people from inside a coffee shop helps me think and then want to write about it.
:)
 
I feel you on this one TJ.

It's like you can feel your mind brimming with quality content, but it doesn't come out the way you want it, or not at all. That's what I experience at least. I agree with bob, also. Sometimes you just gotta get away from it all and de-stress, and boy do I know about stress. Sometimes I can't even hear myself think cause there's so much going on.

You'll find your way out of your selective writer's block, I'm sure of it. I hope you find some decent time to relax it out =)
 

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