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    Have you ever...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by ellebell16, Nov 27, 2010.

    Have you ever really wanted to write but just found you couldn't?

    I've had an idea in my head for months...but for some reason, I can't make myself begin writing it. It's not writer's block...it's just the lack of will to write. I don't know how else to explain it. Does it ever happen to you?
     
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    Yep..Happening to me now :( Words aren't just forming...
    Taking a break, even if it's for a week helps tho :)
     
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    For me writers block is easiest beaten by just writing - it doesn't have to be good. In a first or zero draft of something I write rubbish/filler until the idea comes. The writing isn't wasted I often add dialogue which builds relationships between my characters or helps me understand the backstories better ec.

    Beginnings of stories I find varies, several have just happened - others I have written many times before finding the one I am happy with (often taking it to 5-15,000 words before deciding it isn't going the right way).

    Right now I have a scene that scares me the emotion involved will bother me - I don't want to write it so I am writing rubbish until I can't back out of it anymore and to get up the courage.
     
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    I know how you feel I have had a few ideas in my head and a lot of the time I write something totally different. Sometimes, maybe a story has its own time to be written. It is not always now.
     
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    no, it doesn't... but then i've been a full time writer for decades and have always written as i breathe--because i can't not do it...
     
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    Mike Myers (Austin Powers, SNL etc) had said on Inside the Actors Studio that writing is a discipline that you practice. Like any sport, you don't get better by not doing it. You may not feel the will to write and even if what you are writing is junk, it is a matter of getting the discipline in writing down.

    I'd be willing to bet that published authors, on a deadline, find a way to make it happen. That's what many of us want here is to be that author that is published and on a deadline for a new book or whatever. It's at that point that you realize that having spent time writing when you weren't 'feelin' it' that being disciplined comes in handy.

    Elmore Leonard said “I don’t believe in writer’s block. I don’t know what that is. There are just certain little areas that I know I’m going to get through. It’s just a matter of finding a way.”

    That, I think, is the discipline of writing.

    Sometimes, we feel that the writing has to come from that magical and inspirational place. I'm guilty of this. However, sometimes it is just problem solving.

    It's easy to write when it flows but we rely on that to get us through. An athlete does not become a world class athlete because they didn't train because they weren't in the mood. They became world class because they were driven by the end goal and that sustained them to train and work on they days that didn't come easy.

    Keep writing and good luck.
     
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    I get it from time to time. I go through my day rolling ideas into suitable plans and get myself psyched up to write only to find that when I get home and set the laptop up I cannot put anything together.
     
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    Yes, but it feels so good when you finally break through.
     
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    Couldn't agree more :)
     
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    Makes like Nike and Just Do It.

    If the idea you'd like to work on just isn't coming out of your head on a particular day or time, then don't write it. Write something else. Get your creativity up and running. Freewriting is an amazing practice because that's exactly what it is. You don't have to write your story every day, you just have to write every day, regardless of material composed.

    Just do it.
     
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    Congratulations, you're like most people. Not just here; I mean, everywhere.

    Human beings tell stories all the time. Jokes, anecdotes, things that happen to them, explanations. And we enjoy reading, and watching stories play out on the big screen or on the television or through a web video. And we enjoy making stories up and finding that our listeners / viewers enjoy hearing them.

    That, plus the dual facts that a) writing is portrayed as "easy" in popular culture and b) writing is celebrated and generally lauded by "regular" folk, means that more than half of all people will "want to write a story / book" at some point in their lives.

    Most never get around to it. This doesn't make them "lame" or "bad" or "dumb," it just means that there are other things that are more important than writing. Like feeding the dog, working a job, updating Twitter, watching the next episode of "The Walking Dead," caring for the kids, cleaning the garage -- posting on WritingForums -- going to Youtube . . .

    "Writing out a story" is just one of those things that most people "want" which they don't make time for. And that's okay. And since people who don't want to write but think they want to write may at some point get hit by a clue-by-four and say "holy crap, I'm deluding myself; I'd better write it down before it gets entirely forgotten" and then out will come the story.

    And there's no way to know which kind you are in advance. A person can go years, decades, with a story in mind which they aren't writing (meaning they're want-to-be-writers, not actual writers), and then finally get a grip and finish a book and become famous. (It's happened. Pulitzer Prize winner Junot Diaz spent 14 years on his prizewinning book. Which is an awesome book, BTW.) Many other people will spend years thinking about writing without actually writing. Ten years later, they're in the same rut.

    Note that some people will worry they're in the second category when they aren't. You don't need to sell stuff to be a writer; as long as you're writing, you're getting in practice and you will eventually get better if you keep going.

    So write. And if there's no time, or you can't find the time, read John Scalzi's post on writing (located conveniently in my post signature and maybe that'll be the kick in the arse you need for inspiration.

    Luck.
     

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