How My Writer’s Block Was Cured By A Life Affirming Moment #MondayBlogs #Writer

 

If you read my post about writers needing to learn how to heal themselves from creative pain, you will know that I recently experienced an awful strain of Writer’s Block. For weeks I was hard work; I wore a glum face, I stopped working on my second draft, I questioned my creative abilities, I did a lot of moaning and every time I sat down to write I froze.

Then something really odd happened to me. I had a weird moment – which CURED my Writer’s Block – gasp!  It has taken me a few weeks to work up the guts to tell you all about this thing that happened to me.

Before I go any further I need to clear some stuff up. You see, I know my BWM blog readers very well and I know that after reading about this ‘weird moment’ they will have a few questions for me…

When this weird moment occurred I was NOT:

  • Half way through a delightful bottle of Rosé wine.
  • Highly caffeinated.
  • High on sugar.
  • Craving carbs.
  • About to choke on a cheese and chive crisp, coated in a tasty garlic dip. 
  • In the middle of a hormonal fluctuation. 

I was actually in the company of some wonderful writing and blogging friends. We were discussing our respective creative projects. I was sat looking like a bulldog chewing a wasp and hating everything about my half-finished second draft.

Before I go into the weird moment in detail, because I am sure you are all on the edge of your seats, I am just going to quickly fill you in on my creative journey so far. Trust me this will only take a couple of lines!

So, I have written a few stories in my time. Some are published on Wattpad, some have been on my blog and the rest are in folders in the attic, never to be seen again, ever!

I have not gone down the publishing / self publishing route with any of my stories because:

  • I believe writing is an apprenticeship so I have been busy acquiring experience, and
  • I have never felt strongly about any of my stories to go down those routes. Yes I turned the Roxy series into a podcast, but that was more about me enjoying myself after a few gin and tonics strong coffees and learning about how audio can enhance my writing.

Anyway, so there I was in the lowest of creative moods. My half-finished second draft felt like it was dead to me. This is what can happen with Writer’s Block. It really is a terrible ailment. My block was so bad I was on the verge of putting my draft in a folder, in the attic.

One of my writer friends turned to me and suggested I start talking about my half-finished second draft novel. I shrugged, exhaled loudly, rolled my eyes and started talking about my novel, the plot and characters etc.

As I talked about my story, my reasons for writing it and why it used to excite me, I felt something inside my chest.

Something was tugging on my heartstrings. My cheeks started to warm up, heart started to beat faster, I started to tremble and my voice sounded thick with emotion. All my characters from my story rushed into my head and I was overcome with emotion at the sight of them.

I explained how I was feeling to my writer friends and they passed me some tissues. It then hit me – I was having a life affirming moment over my half-finished second draft. Gasp!

My half-finished second draft was not dead to me, in fact it was quite the opposite; alive and well, deep inside me. Once I had taken control of myself I knew that this moment meant something. I have an emotional connection to my second draft and somehow I have to carry on.

I have never experienced anything like this before.

The minute I got home from visiting my writer friends I started to write. Since then I have not stopped either!

Talking about my story made me realise how much I love it and how passionate I am about it. This in turn resulted in a life affirming moment which cleared my Writer’s Block.

If you are troubled by Writer’s Block, try talking about your story and see what happens!

I love this quote from Roald Dahl’s My Uncle Oswald:

“If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it at full speed ahead. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good. Hot is no good either. White hot and passionate is the only thing to be.”

Have a great day!

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36 thoughts on “How My Writer’s Block Was Cured By A Life Affirming Moment #MondayBlogs #Writer

  1. Well done. I’m so happy for you. This is excellent advice and, as a typical writer who feels much more at ease expressing herself in writing than in speech, the idea of talking about my story gives me pause, but I can definitely see the power in it. I’m not quiiiite in a slump, but I could definitely use more motivation to complete the edits on my novel, so I must work up the courage to talk out, and up, this story.

  2. Fantastic! Sometimes it just needs that freedom to talk it through to rekindle your passion. Writing is such a solitary act that we end up talking ourselves out of loving something. I ditched 30k words of a Non-Fiction manuscript for the same reasons. I wish I’d had a writer pal to talk it through with. I’m so happy for you. 🙂

  3. Love this post! I think you’ve hit on one of the most valuable things you can do as a writer, which is finding a way to remember why the story got you so fired up in the first place. You’re probably right at the point where things start running out of steam and it’s easy to get lost in the enormity of it. Soooo glad you found your inspiration again – as I once heard someone say – no one else can tell this story, so if you don’t do it, it will never exist. Best of luck Lucy and KEEP GOING! ♥

  4. It is rather interesting how writing about your writing woes actually solved the problem! Nice! Btw, I did have a giggle at the crossed out “gin and tonic”, and you describing yourself sitting looking like “a bulldog chewing a wasp.” I had to suppress a guffaw since I read this in public. I should’ve known better.

  5. Great story and advice, Lucy! I’m so glad to hear you had the ‘aha’ moment when writing the second draft felt like “welcome home” (my take on it!) again. Sometimes what I do with block is to write absurd and funny things and/or a form or genre I don’t normally work in (like poetry or haiku or western and military or hard sci-fi, for me, or whatever that might be for you). Yesterday, waiting at school, as matter of fact, I did a haiku or two and some tongue-twisters on paper. I thought of them as exercises, just like lifting weights or jumping rope or whatever, to get to that end-goal, like you said, of apprenticing one’s self (I share that idea with you; you said it better!). Best wishes going forward, too. Share away with your stories! 🙂

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