Roadblocks in Writing: How to Overcome The Emotional Roller Coaster Called Life

For the last few weeks I have struggled, no, trudged through paragraphs of writing without any sense of direction. I have deleted and backspaced my way out of terribly constructed sentences, wishing for my muse to return to my side.

  What happens when Thalia has left you to find your own inspiration?

What do I have left to do? Find the reason for my lack of inspiration. In the writing world, there is a discrepancy with the existence of writer’s block. I would like to be a skeptic, but with recent events I cannot ignore what’s not going on in my brain. There are a million ways the world can affect my writing, some of the most intense events negatively impacting my work. In my current situation, personal emotions are blocking the progress of my novel, and there isn’t exactly a how to tutorial on curing writer’s block. So, what is a struggling graduate student to do when she has a goal of 1,000 words a week that she can’t meet?

 

WRITE MORE, OF COURSE!

The only clearly way to ensure I don’t lose the drive to finish my book is to just push through. Yes I could take a break until the inspiration returns, but waiting for the story to come to me is like waiting  for teleportation to be invented. I will probably die before it happens. Instead, I must press on, exploring other ways to get my mind off my troubles and back into the creative world where it belongs. Here are a few of my tips for getting out of your writer’s block when life is just throwing them faster than you can jump out of the way. If you have tips or advice for writers who are having trouble getting their story written, feel free to share it here.

1. Read a different genre than you’re writing. If you’re writing fiction, read some poetry to use a different part of your mind

2. Draw or paint something related to your story, it will help visualize and inspire you

3. Read, read, read. Reading your favorite author may be just the spark you need to get back into the game

4. Take a walk and clear your head. Sometimes a little break never  hurt the overall quality of your writing.

5. Focus on writing a different idea. You may have written yourself into a dead end with your current work, but something completely different can help re-route your thought process and give a fresh perspective.

6. Talk about your story with another writer/friend. They can discuss parts of the story you’re struggling with.

 

Any way you look at it, writing like all jobs, hobbies, passions has its emotional limitations. Don’t let that stop you from becoming the next Charles Dickens. Always look up and remember that the writer in you is waiting to build characters, paint pictures with words, and kill monstrous villains.

Happy reading/writing!

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3 responses to “Roadblocks in Writing: How to Overcome The Emotional Roller Coaster Called Life

  1. Such a great post. We almost share the approach when it comes to tackling writer’s block. To add to the excellent tips you’ve made, I think one should join writing groups/forums. Blogging is another way to helpful means to reclaim one’s mojo.

    • Thank you so much for your post! How could I forget about blogging. I am so glad you said that! It is undeniable that blogging helps writing become a part of daily life even when you’re having a tough time writing your fiction/poetry/non-fiction.

  2. You mentioned as one of your points, “Talk about your story with another writer/friend. They can discuss parts of the story you’re struggling with”.

    This has great potential to help you through the rough patches. I struggled with the beginning of my sequel when my editor insisted that I hadn’t yet come up with a compelling reason for my teenage protagonist to return to the past. For months I tried to sort it out until I finally asked my writer’s group: What would compel her to want to return to the past? One of them suggest two simple words – a death. That was all I needed to get the old brain kick-started in a new direction and my editor loved what I came up with.

    My point is, if you have tried all the previous suggestions, talking it out with another writer can sometimes give you the new direction and momentum you need to propel you forward with renewed energy and imagination. Good luck! 🙂

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