Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Writers block

Last year I set myself a new years resolution to write a novel. I thought if I could write at least one page a day, I'd easily have a complete first draft by the end of the year. Needless to say I was insanely ambitious. With the pregnancy and raising Vala, I found myself struggling to stay motivated and my novel would be neglected for weeks, sometimes months at a time. By the end of the year I'd not even managed to finish my third chapter. Something I'm still currently working on. The major problem is finding the motivation to sit down and actually write but when I do sit down to write, I find that the words don't want to come out of me. I know writers block is a very common occurrence for any writer but this is the worst I've ever had it and honestly, part of me doubts I will ever get this novel finished.

Sunday night, after Vala had gone to bed and Flynn was sleeping with a full belly and a dry nappy, I decided to get cracking on finishing that third chapter. But of course writers block happened. I sat staring at my screen for hours, maybe writing a sentence or two every half hour. The ideas were all there in my head and I knew exactly where I wanted the story to go. The trouble was everything I wrote sounded completely terrible. I couldn't get into the zone and just write because I was constantly editing and rewriting every sentence in my head. I took my netbook to bed with me and read over the page and a half I'd spent the entire night writing and suddenly the creative juices started flowing and before I knew it, it was 4am and I was having the internal struggle of whether to keep going whilst the words were there or to get some rest before Flynn woke for his morning feed and Vala wouldnt be far behind him. I forced myself to close my netbook and get some rest but doing so caused me to lose momentum. Upon opening my netbook later in the day, my brain didn't want to comprehend where the story was going. Writers block had returned and it's stuck around.

I've spent the past hour reading over the last couple of pages and trying to get into the zone again but to no avail. Instead all I could think about was getting my frustrations written out in blog form and now here I am. I just don't know what to do, the writers block is really defeating me at the moment. The ideas are there, I can see the story in my head so clearly it's like watching a movie but yet I can't get that image into words that sounds remotely decent. So I'm putting feelers out to any fellow writers out there... how do you overcome writers block? Any tips or pearls of wisdom you have to share? Drop a comment below and together we'll see if I can push passed this mental barrier and actually manage to complete chapter three!


Until next time,
Alli xo

2 comments:

  1. It may sound stupid but i find procrastinating helps, sometimes getting stressed about not being able to write even a couple of lines when you've clearly got a story in your head clouds your mind, if you're in this position stop and do something else just get it off your mind and when you feel ready sit down and read your own story as i'm sure you know it gets the "creative juices" flowing and sometimes you find you're writing without even thinking about it. Other tips i can give is what you've already done yourself, try writing something else, get a short story going, do a poem or something just again clear your head of what's causing the block and eventually it'll stop blocking and the flood can begin.

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  2. I just feel I've already procrastinated too much. I've been on the same chapter for over six months and I just want to finish it. I have been writing short stories though as well as blog posts but nothing seems to clear my head to write.

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