Wednesday, September 2, 2015

IWSG for September20115

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It's a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

It has now been a solid seven months since I've written anything new. This has to be my biggest dry spell EVER. Many of you know that I've been through a lot of personal (real life) stuff, so it's no surprise to me that my creative well is pretty empty.

Recently, I have felt the urge to get back to it, but I still lack the mental energy. This scares me. It's been so long, I'm wondering if any progress as a writer I've made the last five years will have gone down the drain after such a long absence.

Having finished a trilogy, I also have to admit part of this is a bit of a end-of-project-letdown. You finish a huge project you've been working on for years, and you're left wondering "now what?"

So as I head into September, and the seasons begin to change, my hope is that I overcome this massive writer's block.

36 comments:

Sarah Foster said...

I definitely feel your pain. I haven't really written anything in about a year. Sometimes it's hard to just get past that mental block and force the words out. Hoping you get back into writing soon!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

I've been there. The dry spell will end, promise!

Blogoratti said...

I understand how you feel. Greetings and best wishes!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I felt that way when I ended my series. I was also a little burnt out and it took a while to get back into the writing groove.

Pat Hatt said...

You'll find your groove again. Sometimes we just need a break.

T. Powell Coltrin said...

The next thing you look at, outside the computer screen, free write. Like this: "The outlet on the wall stared back at me with two faces, one atop the other, mouths gaping and yet they couldn't or wouldn't tell me how they felt." Ha ha. That's how I get started if I'm feeling blocked. Do that every day, write about nonsense, until the "block" has burst! Writing a trilogy is AWESOME!

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Take some of that pressure off yourself. Jot a line or two, an idea for a blog post, a description of something outside the window, a paragraph about how you're feeling about all the real life stuff. A trickle can be the start of a flood. :)

Cherie Reich said...

It took me over a year and a half to write something new (well, longer than a short story new). It does come back, and I don't think you'll have lost what progress you've made. Good luck!

Jay Noel said...

Sarah: Just read your post. Yup, you know my pain!

Alex: I hope so.

Blogoratti: Thanks!

Diane: I can't discount the fact that crossing that marathon finishing line has been a big factor.

Pat: I think this break has been good for me, but I'm just hoping to recapture my creativity kick

Theresa: That's awesome advice. I will take it!

Madeline: I need me some trickles

Cherie: Wow. I could totally see me going though such a long hiatus. I might be in for an extended writing vacation. Blogging has kept me a little in the game, at least.

Christine Rains said...

Good luck! I'm hoping autumn brings inspiration. I remember not writing anything new for most of my years in university and then after I had my son. Your muse will help you get back in the groove. :)

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Hope you get that muse back, maybe with a short story....

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Anne Marie J. Schlueter said...

That's rough...try not to be too frustrated with yourself! Guilt is the worst and certainly does not help. Your ideas will come around eventually...I went all summer without writing anything and then BOOM one day, it all came back. Just hold on tight and it'll all turn out alright! (My cheesy-rhymey but TRUE inspiration for the day!)

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

Autumn is a great time to start new projects. The changing season seems to fuel that (for most). You will have not lost anything, it will come back as you begin again.

Jennifer Hawes said...

I'm hoping with the fall weather coming our way, I can get into an unfinished WIP. Sometimes a change of scenery will do the trick!

Pat Dilloway said...

I've been there, but eventually you'll get out of it. Just don't try too hard or like quicksand it'll just get worse.

Chrys Fey said...

I hope you get out of your dry spell soon. Whenever you feel the urge to get back to your WIP, write something. Even a sentence. And see where it goes. Changing the scenery can help. Or if you work at your computer, try writing on paper. Good luck!

Robin said...

I imagine you're now familiar with the short story contest being run through the IWSG. Have you considered that? It's not nearly as massive an undertaking as a full length novel. Maybe it could be the bridge to fuel your creativity.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

This summer drained me quite a bit too. I just have to wrap my head around the idea that I'm not going to have to deal with over night success. Sorry to hear about the personal stuff. That makes all things difficult. And I didn't know because I've been a lazy slug over the summer.

Hart Johnson said...

Try baby steps at first if you need. I am finally getting back to it and find it takes more energy and especially more discipline, than it did when it was a habit. Best of luck to you!!!

Melissa said...

It's been a rough summer for a lot of writers. You'll get back in the groove. Don't be afraid to take a break.

IWSG #119 until Alex culls the list again

Jay Noel said...

Thanks everyone. I'm going to ride out this drought, and when inspiration hits, I will hopefully catch lightning in the bottle.

Crystal Collier said...

I'm right there with you...except I have been writing...very slowly. I'm still trying to get my trilogy done while meeting monthly deadlines and working on a serial project... Guess this is a case of scatterbrains, eh? Take it easy on yourself. Give yourself permission to write anything that comes to mind. No restrictions. (Even depressing, sappy stuff.) You'll be back in the saddle before you realize it.

cleemckenzie said...

I'm always elated when I finish a project, and then I go into a slump. This end means I have to start all over again! Hope you get the mojo back and soon.

jesseannt said...

As tough as dry spells are, I've found sometimes the best writing comes after them. Rather than losing skills think of it as marinating in ideas. Good luck!

Lexa Cain said...

After I finished Soul Cutter in Sept 2012, I (eventually) got an agent and publisher, but I didn't write anything for a year and a half. Then 6 months after the book pubbed I started an attempt at a "commercial" horror novel and trunked it after 5 months. For me it wasn't a block, I just didn't know how Soul Cutter would be rec'd and needed to know what I did right and what I did wrong before starting anything new. I don't think you'll lose any of your "writing chops" from a long break. Sometimes we just need to get away and re-evaluate our direction. I'm hoping you find yours soon. :)

Patricia Lynne said...

Last year I had a dry spell that lasted a few months. It was rough. I fought hard not to guilt trip myself about it because my head was just too messed up for writing. I think once you sit down and start, your worries will vanish and you'll be fine. =)

Tyrean Martinson said...

I hope you overcome it, soon, Jay. The world needs more of your books in it. Just write a word a day, and then a sentence, and then . . . maybe a paragraph. :) Or, take a walk, tell your dog a story, and start there . . .

dolorah said...

I hope you overcome it too. I'm sure once you seriously sit down with an idea you will fall right back into the routine.

Murees Dupé said...

I'm sorry things have been so tough. I hope it gets better. You can always start by writing just one word a day. It is definitely better than nothing. Wishing you the best.

Karen Jones Gowen said...

I feel your pain. I'm always jealous of writers who can churn out thousands of words on a regular basis.

Intangible Hearts said...

I can totally relate. Penniless Hearts was a huge project for me followed by some family tragedy so yeah, this is tough. Someday we'll be back with a vengeance!

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I'm sure that creative mind of yours will have juices flowing in no time.

David P. King said...

I'm pulling out of a dry spell as well. Something must be in the air, cause we're far from alone. How about we punch doubt in the face and keep writing. What do you day? :)

David List said...

I've just overcome a significant writing drought. The way I did it (and I didn't even realize I was doing it) was to give up on the project I was working on. I decided it was too hard. So I set it down and started something new. No outline, just began chugging away. I wrote about 10k words in two days. Then the fog cleared. What I'd written was garbage. I have no problem throwing it out. But it exposed the work that I'd abandoned to be unpolished gold. So I picked it back up and have been chiseling at it, once more.
Baby steps are better than no steps.

Jay Noel said...

Baby steps are at least a step!

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