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Junk

I tried to write today, but produced dreck.

It's been five years since I've made a serious effort at writing. I should expect to be a little rusty, but this is the pitts. It's like language decided to leak out of my brain as if it were a font and I'm leftover with the most elementary of words. I was diagnosed with PTSD recently, so I've had a lot on my mind, I'll admit that. But I returned to writing to heal and thus far it's more frustrating than it's worth. I remember when words would seem to burst out of my fingertips like firecrackers. Language was electric, then. Now I have to gouge it out of the recesses of my mind with a spoon.

I fear this will be permanent.

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JT, it's not going to permanent. What do you do when you have constipation? When you push too hard you end up with piles. :) Eat fruit or other natural laxatives and the words will burst out of your butt like firecrackers.

Okay, I won't quit my day job as a comedian :)

Seriously, you are trying too hard. Stop putting yourself down. ... you are a little wobbly at the moment ... so just write crap... write more crap .... rinse and repeat.

Do you lack ideas or is it just the mechanics?

I remember when words would seem to burst out of my fingertips like firecrackers. Language was electric, then. Now I have to gouge it out of the recesses of my mind with a spoon.


This is a great description. You CAN write.
 
I have PTSD as well. I am not saying you should do what I am doing, but it might help you step over that hurdle that prevents you from writing.

I am writing my autobiography, in poetry and poetic prose. And I got stuck. I needed external input to be able to carry on. So I started reading a few poetry and fiction books that dealt with exactly my writing problem. For me that was, how to deal with violence in such a way that it is not gratuitous, or graphical.

I also needed to change my way of writing poetry, so I am reading a few poets I greatly admire, who have a very different style of writing. And I am experimenting with poems in that style here on forum.

I mean, try to write something completely opposite from what you normally do, a poem, a weird story on an external prompt, and try to write it in the style of someone else. Just as an exercise. It helped me, maybe it will work for you.
 
I agree, it's not permanent. I've been through countless dry spells and it always seems like if I quit worrying about it, it sorts itself out. Don't pressure yourself to write "magnificently" right away, just write, have fun with it and experiment like Darren suggested. No one has to see it but you. You're not alone, this is the 'norm' for most writers.
 
Thanks everyone. You're all 100% correct. I managed to finish something yesterday for the flash fiction challenge. Sometimes writing is just.. difficult.
 

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