A Universe Trapped in a Labyrinth

This is my boring and interesting and teenager life spanning from age 15 to 18 (May 2015-August 2018)
Within you'll find many re-inventions of myself, boy trouble, school trouble and life trouble. (Plus interesting bits I thought I would include as well).
Do you dare to enter the maze?


87. Writer's block


7th November 2015

How would you describe writers block?

Well, my writer’s block is like literally hitting a brick wall, there’s the pain for a few moments and then it’s just a dull ache the rest of the way. It feels like I am collecting brilliant lines in my head and have perfect clarity and then when I get to a keyboard or a pen, it's on a different level and I can't find what I wanted to say anymore. If someone made a threat to my dog or something, I could pull it out for sure. Interesting.

It is also paralyzing self-doubt. Is the last paragraph I wrote good enough? Is the whole thing predictable or rushed? Why can’t I write something good?

That self-doubt leads to procrastination. I get hit with aggressive procrastination urges when I'm almost always able to focus at least somewhat reasonably. Usually this happens with short term stuff [writing the normal 1667 for Nanowrimo is not hard for me, I know I can do this, why am I not doing this, I am watching myself not do this, what is wrong with me]. Usually I'll find myself trolling for the perfect picture for inspiration or screwing around with the thesaurus a lot searching for synonyms, but the upshot is, if I'm trying to write something for more than a few hours and it's just not happening, I'll move off and do something else. I don't have the long range writer's block that lasts for weeks or months, but it’s frustrating.

My normal defenses for writers block is to research something else or focus on another bit of the novel that has gained my attention. In the last couple of days instead of focusing on finishing the current chapter I have wrote another two chapters that will fall somewhere in the novel. I think this works because it is more of a detailed plan of where I’m going. Plus, it’s not like I’m not writing at all, just doing other bits.

Although that method can be a bit chaotic. I’ll deal.


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