Hello everyone, I'm in quite the predicament - I believe I've lost the ability to write fiction. It's been roughly 6 months since I've been able to write anything of substance. About a month ago, I was able to force out 5 pages of, well, forced writing. It was nothing more than a context-less scene. Something related to a killer being forced to kill or something along those lines. I got 18,000 words into a story in 3 days back in February, but got burned out quickly afterwards. There was something beautiful during those 3 days, however. I couldn't stop writing. It was like the ideas had to get out, and each new idea spawned even more great ideas. As I said above, though, since then, it's been very dry. Like, very dry. I'll occasionally get the inspired pair of sentences and jot them down, but it's missing so much context that when I try to write, I just stare at the screen. Honestly, I think my problem might be lack of proper planning? The story I got 18,000 words deep into over a few days was the first story with solid planning beforehand. I spent the week prior to that nailing out major events, minor events, character bio's, etc. and the "block" only occurred once I got to a point that wasn't thought out enough to make sense. In my mind, it's like running. You stretch, limber up, mentally prepare, then go. The first few steps are tough, but once you get in stride, your momentum keeps you going. If you stop, though, your momentum is gone - as is some of your energy, making it tougher to re-start than it was in the beginning. In my case, I didn't continue on after stopping. It seems I decided to take a 6 month sabbatical instead -___- Anyone have any ideas what I can do to become inspired again? I'm beginning to think I've just lost the ability to write..