What Now?

Published August 2, 2012 by Ms. Nine


Has this ever happened to you? You’re typing away thinking you have a great story, then it dies.  Poof!  Gone.  You don’t worry about it.  You have plenty of other things to write about.

So you start another piece, an idea that’s been pinging around in your brain for a while.  After two sentences, you stop.  Suddenly your flash of inspiration vanishes like the friend who owes you money.

You panic. You think you’re wasting your time.  You start thinking about other things you should be doing.  Like mopping under the bed or dusting behind the refrigerator.

Before you know it, your writing time is all gobbled up and you feel like you’ve accomplished nothing.  When this happens, you’re thinking your way out of writers’ block.

Change it up. Don’t think. Write.  Commit your thoughts, doubts, and guilt to words on paper.  Write about the grief of lost ideas, the frustrations of a stumbling plot, or the things you feel need doing.  Write your way out of a thinking block.

You’re gonna be okay.


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11 comments on “What Now?

  • i thought it was middle age creeping up on me…i find that if i get discouraged (like i was this past week) and don’t keep writing, all those emotions and frustrations are wasted opportunities…even the block in writing has its own merit–and i need to remind myself of that when the urge to create evaporates. 🙂

    • How true. Emotions and frustrations can be written away. Yes, use them. When you do, you discover the magic of words.
      Thanks so much for your comment. It’s a reminder for all of us.

    • Unfinished stories, those orphaned children…I don’t know if you’ve tried this…pick one of those pieces (it doesn’t matter which) and talk it over with a friend. You may have an ending in mind already, or your friend may suggest a few possibilities. Next, revisit the piece and write one of those endings (again, it doesn’t matter which) And please, let me know what happens. 🙂

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