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It’s another Monday, which means it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting.  Yay! Wait. Why don’t I hear any cheers for that? Okay okay, it’s time for me to post whatever I feel like posting about writing; although you’re missing out some pretty cool boy bands I planned on sharing today.

Now, continuing with last weeks topic, Writer’s Block, I wanted to share an exercise I did in order to “fight” it.  I actually wrote a poem, using nothing but words describing sounds. And I told a whole story this way. Here it is:

Writer’s Block

Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.  Drip, drip, drip.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Drip, drip, drip.   Grrrr.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Turn.  Drip, dri-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Tap, tap, tap.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrrr.   Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Woo, woo, woo.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Woo, woo, woo.  Grrrr.   Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Woo, woo, woo.  Slam.  Wo-.  Aaah.  Thump, thump, thump.  Screech.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Grrr.  Scrunch, scrunch, scrunch.  Whoosh.  Tap, tap, tap.  Hmmm.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Hmmm.  Tap, tap, tap.  Shhh, shhh, shhh.  Grrr.  Sigh.  Screech.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  SHHH, SHHH, SHHH.  Burr.  Shut.  Thump, thump, thump.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Zzzzz.  zzzzz.  zzzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Zzzzz, zzzz, zzzz.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Snort.  Awwwe.  Chirp, chirp, chirp.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Shuffle, shuffle, shuffle.  Thump, thump, thump.  Click.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Shut.  Hmmm.  Thump, thump, thump.  Aaah.  Hmmm.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  CHIRP, CHIRP, CHIRP.  Scribble, scribble, scribble.  Aaah.

What are your strategies for fighting writer’s block? Let me know in the comments below, while I search the floor for my pencil.  I seemed to have dropped it.

 

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While surfing the twitter community this last week I came across and interesting conversation regarding writer’s block.  Now writers block is an interesting syndrome and affects people in different ways.

1. The Denier: This person tells everybody and anything that will listen that he/she doesn’t suffer from this at all and doesn’t understand why other writers do. Usually they follow this statement up with something along the lines of “And if I get stuck on one WIP I just work on another.” Shhh, please don’t tell them.  It will only bring down the basis of their whole world.

2. The Freak Outer: This person freaks out every time a batch of writer’s block hits and tells everyone from their mother, their brother, to their agent and publisher they will never be able to write again.  The last of their ideas has been used and their imagination is dried up.  Then, a few days later, they aggressively pitch a new idea for a story to everyone they had previously told about their early retirement, after seeing a woman with a baby riding uni-cycle, and the cycle begins again.

3. The Determind-er (Yeah I made a new word): This person is so determined to push their writer’s block, they will continue to type, no matter if the words make sense or not.  Then, days later when the block is finally over, they sit down and realize they have to delete everything they wrote during the past few days.  Of course, no Determind-er’s job would be complete if he/she didn’t recommend this method to everyone they know and swearing it’s the only way to get through it.

4. The Cheater: This is the person who recognizes their block for what it is, shrugs their shoulders and wait for their muse to return as they focus on other projects.  Like that scrapbook that was never finished, or the neglected laundry pile that’s now seventeen feet tall.  Or, if this writer is feeling particularly naughty, they will focus on another writing project until the block is over.

So which one are you? Personally I’m the Cheater. I once had writer’s block so bad I even challenged myself to write an unconventional story about it, using only onomatopoeia, maybe I’ll share it with you…on another day.  And here’s something just for fun. In case you missed it this last week.

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