Wednesday, May 8, 2013

When the Words Won't Come

It's been a bit of a struggle recently to get words out on the page. Without going into all the reasons why, suffice to say that it's been a little depressing. So, I have a list of things I've been doing to try and jump-start the writing output:

Watching Television
Watching Movies
Playing Video Games
I've also been converting my first novel, Heroes Die Young, to a screenplay format.

  

I have in fact created a plot for a short story. And I've written a few sentences, and then *poof* nothing...

So, what sorts of activities do you all recommend when the words just won't come?

7 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

Under these circumstances, I never do TV, movies, video games or anythig that relies on other peoples' visions/regurgitations, EXCEPT read out of my genre.

If you haven't broken a leg or something else physical, walk around the block, or swim. Change your order in living such as have lunch for breakfast and/or breakfast for lunch. Read something really worthwhile, revisit an old favorite author and think about why you never forgot what he wrote or how she wrote it. Then use a pen and just muse on paper. Nonsense at first, a random feeling, a poem or jingle, or a Haiku. Memorialize someone you wish was here to inspire you or kick you into "Start."

You sound depressed, don't wait for it to pass. This is you Dutch Uncle watching you, push yourself back into life. If you were dying, you'd have big bucket list. Work on it.

If you are interested I have something longer to share. Blessings, Snorkeljul@aol.com

Big Mike said...

Sex, yeah, thats the ticket (g).

BM

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

MIKE! It's an article.

Naomi Stone said...

I like stream-of-consciousness writing. Long hand on a loose leaf notebook, nothing you're going to try to turn into a story - just blather about whatever's on your mind.

Sometimes this is a good way to unclog issues that might be getting in the way of writing your stories. Sometimes it's just a reminder of the many things for which we have words that don't necessarily have a place in a story. If they need words, give them words, and get them out of the way.

Nikki said...

I'm there with Julie. First break out of your routine. Do something physically or mentally demanding--solitaire doesn't count! Hike, bike, garden, Mike's suggestion, whatever. Then apply the bum gum, sit down and write about it, or write about something other than your main project. If you're still stuck, ask for help. This is a good bunch of folks.

Nikki said...

I'm there with Julie. First break out of your routine. Do something physically or mentally demanding--solitaire doesn't count! Hike, bike, garden, Mike's suggestion, whatever. Then apply the bum gum, sit down and write about it, or write about something other than your main project. If you're still stuck, ask for help. This is a good bunch of folks.

linda_rettstatt said...

I take a drive and talk with my characters. They usually will tell me why I'm stuck where I'm stuck and how to get out of that corner. That works if I'm stuck in the midst of a project. If it just being stuck in general, well, maybe the drive itself will clear your head and help you get refocused.