One full month I went without writing a valuable word. It wasn’t because I was busy or lazy or didn’t want to. I just couldn’t. At least that’s how it felt. I still had ideas buzzing around my head, still had the interest to keep going, but when I sat down to write my brain turned off. Writer’s Block is probably one of the most annoying things that can happen to a writer. I drafted a story during my block but I never felt happy with it. The truth is, I needed a rest.
But writing is like riding a bike. You might not ‘unlearn’ it but your bike will get rusty if you don’t take proper care of it. I needed to refresh my brain. I needed to fill it up with new things. I started with watching movies: Pulp Fiction, Reservoir Dogs, Hugo, Memento, The Prestige, … All movies I had never seen before.
Then I moved on to books. I finally started reading the A Song of Ice and Fire books after seeing the show and really enjoyed them. Yet, whenever I sat down the write the story I felt like I should write, I blanked out. So TV-series it must be: my block came just in time for the new season of Breaking Bad, I also re-watched shows that had inspired me in the past.
In the end I came to realize one important fact: I wasn’t writing any-more. I sat down and took a look at my story. This was the story I wanted to write but I couldn’t write. I needed to change that, I had to write a story I wanted to write and I also was capable of writing. My story went from epic fantasy to urban fantasy or horror. I never considered that maybe fantasy isn’t the way to go for me. I hadn’t tried my hand on epic fantasy, yet. As soon as I did, though, I started to feel blocked. Maybe in the future I’ll craft my own worlds, but for now I am happy to craft inside existing ones.
Suggestions on dealing with future writer’s blocks are welcome!
~ by Sander on August 24, 2012.