There are times when I put my fingers on the keyboard and the words simply aren’t there.
Writing has become part of my daily routine but like every writer I struggle. What will I write today? How do I continue to feed the machine when inspiration is completely lacking? When my muse doth protest?
It’s a question the plagues me deeply.
There are so many days when the stories I write feel one note. Feel so similar to some other story I have written.
I mean, come on, how many times can I write about being literally caught with my pants down?
I see it more and more with writers not just here but every where I read. Brilliantly talented people who just hit that wall. Where the stories all blur together.
The wall where writing stops being fun.
I won’t lie. There have been times where I seriously contemplated giving up writing entirely. When I was tired of every word I was writing the instant it appeared on the screen. It wasn’t fun any more. I stopped loving it with the passion I needed in order to tell the stories I wanted to tell.
The truth is, many of us use writing as a crutch. As a coping mechanism. As a way to express the one thing that we can’t say to anyone else.
What happens when that thought is fully expressed?
When it seems like you have beaten that horse not only to death but through becoming a zombie and back through death again?
It’s at that point that so many great writers give up writing.
The way over that wall is as simple as it gets. Turn left. Turn right. Turn around. The wall isn’t the end of story telling. It’s just the end of that chapter.
Writing a running narrative like a blog is a lot tougher than it seems at first. The story is constantly being changed by the life you live. When writing becomes the only thing you have to write about it’s really only a matter of time before you stop completely.
For myself when I hit the wall, I took an on-line class in stand up comedy writing.
Was it inspiring? Not really. It did however give me an outlet to try something different.
When you stop living your life and stop trying new things your story will always be the same.
Don’t feel bad or guilty that you didn’t write today. Be glad you were doing something worthy of writing about.
When you get tired of the words you seem to use over and over its time to build a new vocabulary.
It’s your story after all. Use any word you like.