The Hurdles We As Writers Overcome.
What do writers mean when they say they have hit the wall?
How do we overcome the hurdles that can slam right into us, or appear before us at the most inconvenient of times?
These are the challenges that face each of us, some however fair better than others. Writers block is the bane of any writer’s life. It is the shadow in the darkness that waits endlessly for us to venture too close. It is the ghost that haunts us through all time and the fear that is ever constant in our mind. We’ve all been there at least once, I know I have, and it was recent at that. Just last week I hit the wall so hard that I didn’t know whether I was coming or going. In reality I should have seen it coming having been off writing for a few weeks prior to it. But that’s the thing with Writer’s block; we never know when it will strike and when it does it strikes hard and fast. We reach the point where we are filled with nothing but doubt over our own abilities and a scary thought arises. That thought is one that surfaces its ugly head when we are at our lowest of lows with regards to writing, and that thought is one where we think it would be easier to stop than to persist with the demons that challenge us at every constant turn.
But we don’t and you know why?
We don’t because writing, no matter what for, makes us feel good. Writing instils in us a passion that can be matched by nothing else. It gives us fuel in our bellies and a fire in our hearts as we plough on through the barriers to keep on going. Yes there are days were we want to write but we can’t, this is that demon known as Writer’s Block. It’s the curse of writers worldwide and one we’d rather avoid at all costs.
The trouble is, the more we fret over it, the more we can bring it on ourselves and then were set to fight for every inch of leeway just to get back into that writing frame of mind.
So what can we do about it?
What methods can we use to beat the beast back into the shadows from where it raised?
I don’t know about you, but when I find writing hard I often walk away and leave it for a while, but even that is hard for me to do because it’s always on my mind. And when this happens I find myself sinking deeper into that pitfall. However, there is another option open to us and that is to keep on writing, no matter what it is about. Open a new page and just type, even if it’s I HATE WRITERS BLOCK over and over again. Get the words down and out of your system. Slowly you will find the block easing and other words will flow through the gaps and on to the page before you. Alternatively you can look up creative writing prompts, there are many out there and from here you may just find what you have been looking for.
But what if the block isn’t actually with writing, but with what it is that you are writing?
What do you do when you can find no way forward or struggle to see what would make your work better?
How do you avoid this barrier?
This is the exact situation I’m having right now with at least two pieces of work. One being the editing of Timber Varden which I know now needs a complete over haul. Yes, I’m losing 90 percent of what was already written, only to replace it with what feels to work better. But who’s to say that the changes made will remain? I certainly can’t see that happening so may end up having to push my planned release date back a while until I can work through this.
The other is a short story that I’m working on for a contest, and the reason for this is that I don’t know to keep carrying the voice that I started with, or how to keep readers hooked on it. My problem is, I worry too much over it and want it to be just right. I can’t do that. I’m not perfect. I’m not experienced, but by god I’ll give it a good go.
I’ve discovered the trick is to keep going, to power through the barriers, but that is very hard and I’ve yet to master that skill. It seems currently that my characters writing block from Timber Varden as progressed into reality and invaded my world. It just goes to show that even those who can write about writers block suffer from time to time with it.
I’m going to throw this open to each of you out there. How many of you have experienced writers block?
Out of those that have, how have you overcome that to keep writing?
If you haven’t experienced it, do you have any tips for those of us who suffer with it on occasion in how to prevent it?
I’d love to hear your thoughts on this matter as I’m sure many of you have been in this very same boat as I find myself standing in right now. Although technically, there isn’t a block having written this posting, but there is a block with the creative writing aspect of my life.
Jennifer spent many years without daring to lift a pen, without writing a word that wasn’t forced. But 2008 arrived and with it, her love of writing. She began with poetry which quenched her thirst to begin with but soon that wasn’t enough to satisfy her. 2011 arrived with a dream to write her first novel – Awakening, which is on-going. November saw her attempt her first NaNoWriMo, and so Timber Varden was born, with the bulk of it being written within that month. Now she finds herself aiming to re-write that draft and turn it into her first published novel.
While she aims to work through the edits needed, updates on her progress can be found on here –http://www.facebook.com/AuthorJenniferDon
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Jennifer spent many years without daring to lift a pen, without writing a word that wasn’t forced. That was however, until the year 2008 arrived. It dawned the starting of a new age. An age where love and passion for writing arrived. She spent that year and the following 2, writing just over 250 poe…Page: 181 like this
When the Devil Writer Block has you by the pants, Jennifer Don has something very hot to say, take it away and light our path in the world of words.
July 25, 2012