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    Totally brain dead!

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by samessex, Jun 11, 2009.

    hi guys,

    recently I just haven't been able to write anything!! I pick up a pen and nothing flows. Even at night, when in bed, im not getting any ideas or inspiration. I can't think of any new storylines or new ideas for stories already on the go.

    Whats happening!!?? Will they ever come back?:(
     
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    If you're waiting for a story to come to you, then no. You only lose inspiration when you stop looking for it.

    If you need help, then go find a writing prompt site and just write (even if you don't feel like it) until you feel like it again.

    Waiting for inspiration to strike just means waiting forever.

    ~Lynn
     
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    Try some stream of consciousness writing. Just to get your writing mojo going. Maybe your thoughts will lead into an idea. You could get a whole plot just from some observation that you made earlier in the day. Or how someone annoyed you, or made you happy. You can always try some formulaic stuff like, "You ever notice how...", "When x happens I feel y" etc.
     
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    I don't know if this'll be helpful, but I sometimes write poetry just from whatever words appear on the page as I go. I shape them a bit and kind of interact with them a while; and, before long, I learn something about what's really hiding beneath my conscious awareness (I think maybe that's where my imagination lives, or sleeps). I rarely write about that "real thing" on my mind, though; I write about the vision it arouses in my head (and I do the same with short fiction).

    As an example, many years ago, my teenage nephew attempted to commit suicide. I wasn't very close with either him or my brother (his father), at the time. But I was devastated to realize there was nothing at all I could do or say to make whatever pain he was experiencing go away, nor that of his father & mother who I'm sure were desperate for answers to so many awful questions they couldn't even ask very well.

    Anyway, an "opening phrase" had been floating round in my head for many months at that time, for reasons I still can't figure out. A kind of trite line, in a way, that didn't seem to speak to the moment. But, I wrote it down anyway, since it was all I could find in my mental "stash" and from there grew a poem--a rhyming one, which is not my forte--about a New York City mime. And, when it was finished, I realized that layered beneath the poem's image was a much more important theme having to do with my own incapacity to find a way to communicate in words what I actually felt (the mime used no words at all in his "story," though I understood it entirely).

    Since then, my theory is that "inspiration" for writing is something that inevitably comes to me, at least in some part, from deep within myself. That doesn't materialize without an intermingling of the me I'm familiar with moment-to-moment with some mysterious who that I am at a much deeper core of being, and sometimes it's more like a struggle. But the only way I find that kind of interaction and the inspiration it fosters, is from the writing process, itself.
     
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    That's just a very natural part of writing. There will be times when just nothing comes to you. Don't worry, it's only a phase. :-D

    You can try to do the usual things that gave you ideas and inspirations in the first place and see if you get anything. Try something sometimes too. Ideas will come eventually.
     
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    Read more or even watch TV. I often get ideas for stories just from watching random shows on TV. Same thing applies to random reading materials, be it books, magazines, etc. Talking with a friend sometimes helps me, too.
     
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    Wolf/Sheep Syndrome

    The problem I have is something I call wolf/sheep syndrome.

    I'll have loads of ideas bustling around my head, like a dense herd of sheep, but when I sit down to write any of them it's like a wolf has parachuted in to the field and every idea sheep just goes running to the hills.

    I think I need a writing sheep dog.
     
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    When my idea well runs dry, I stop writing and focus on anything but writing. I visit with friends and family, talk to neighbors, watch some bad TV, watch a ton of movies (old favorites and new never seen movies), go to the bookstore and find about five books to read at night when I go to bed. I watch the news, and read about history online. I do random research on places, art, religions, cities and countries and famous people.

    Never fails, at some point, either two days or three weeks into my writing hiatus, an idea hits me, sometimes even more than one hit me. I don't force myself to write if the inspiration isn't there, I just stop thinking about it and it always finds its way back.
     
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    Just because ideas arent hitting you splat in the face doesnt mean they arent there. Search for ideas; dont wait for them to come to you! This is your job --if you are a writer, writing is your job, and not seeking out the fundamentals, the very basics of your job, is just plain laziness.

    An idea might hit you out of thin air, but I dont care how many times you hear an author say "I dont know how the idea came to me;" for the majority of writers, the idea has to be developed.

    Watch news programs; read newspapers. Read other books, particularly nonfiction. This is my favourite genre --why? Because learning about new things causes you to think and ask questions, and doesnt every book set out to answer a question?

    Or, think of a subject. What is important to you? What is something you want others to know or think about? Use that question to develop your theme, take that theme and develop it into a storyline.
     
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    Whatever you decide to do, don't let lack of inspiration stress you out. Relax and it'll come to you! Perhaps you could listen to some new music or go to a museum and start writing about a specific song or piece of art--what it made you feel, what inspired the musician to write those lyrics, or who the person in a certain painting was. Make it all up and as you go along loads of ideas should start coming to you.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies and ideas guys. I have been trying to relax and just go with the flow, so to speak. Maybe i'll try working a new idea and leave my current project alone for a bit.
     
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    hi guys

    thanks for all the comments!
    well past few days I have had quite a few ideas. For some reason, most of them have been cropping up at the most inappropriate of times! i.e. first thing in the morning, when I have just woken up and then again today whilst I was in a training day today. Think im going to have to start leaving my pad by my bed!!
    So, I now have a few ideas, which I think could some how be glued together for a whole story. Just need to start planning it and puzzling the pieces together!
    :)
     
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    What a fabulous line!

    May it be fruitful and multiply.
     
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    This thread seems to eternally reproduce itself weekly. Perhaps someone should start an official muse/inspiration thread? Too many people are making writer's block threads for my liking.

    My advice is simple; sit down and write.
     
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    You have gotten much advice already. Here's what I do: I write something completely away from my usual genre and type. Instead of sci-fi or fantasy, I write poetry to keep the wheels greased.
     
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    haha thanks! :p
     
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    Relax? You want to Relax?

    You're supposed to WRITE!
    That's it, soldier! I want a 10,000 word mystery story about the murder of a priest and a 2,000 word essay on the comforts of fuzzy teddy bears.


    And I want them NOW!

    Okay, I'm kidding. Good luck with your writing!

    Charlie
     
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    If this ever happens again you should do a really boring project that you don't have to think about. Like mowing the grass. After about 15 minnutes I'm bored and ideas start to flow and I began to formulate a story. I should start writing these down.:)
     
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    ok, are you slightly crazy charlie?? haha :cool:
    thanks for luck, I seem to be on a good flow at the moment!
     
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    same here, for like 3 days

    ugh

    *facepalm*
     

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