I’m Having Trouble Writing…

I’m having trouble writing these days.

I don’t think I’ve run out of things to say, necessarily.

But I just can’t settle on any one thing long enough to write.

Sometimes (all too often, really) I find myself distracted by social media (gosh, I know a lot about my friends’ kids and dogs now)Β or by falling down a rabbit-hole of research, a term I use loosely these days (did you know that a “jiffy” is actually 1/100th of a second?).

Sometimes I just end up staring at the cursor for a while.

This is what they call writer’s block, isn’t it?

My house is cleaner than it’s been in ages–scrubbing the windowsills and baseboards is an excellent excuse to put down the pen for a while.

I’ve read more books this year than I have in the last two combined, and that’s quite a feat, since I was a graduate student then.

This is writer’s block.

There’s something, actually a lot of somethings, that I have left to say. But the words are stuck somehow,

This is my start at dislodging them.

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  1. I’ve been struggling very hard with writers block lately. Somehow (so far) (knock on every piece of wood in the world) this NaNoWriMo is really opening me up and getting me writing. I hope you get through this dry spell without too much more frustration!

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        1. I have finally taken to answering comments after I write something for the day, and that does seem to be helping. I don’t do much writing off-computer, as I edit better when I’m on the computer and have trouble handwriting lots of information at a time. But I think I’m about to to download a new app that I heard about to block certain sites for parts of the day so I won’t use them as a distraction. Maybe that will help!

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        2. I have started to do the write then comment procedure, and it does help. I should be working on my NaNoWriMo project now, but I have a big commenting backlog piling up…
          Good luck!

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        3. Yeah, I’m just getting to the comments again–I like to get to them the day they’re written, but that’s becoming an uncommon occurrence these days.

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  2. I wish you lots of luck! Writer’s block is a pain, even if it does help with household chores. I often like to read books by writers about how they right to get me back into the mood or the mindset to write. And sometimes I have to chain myself to a chair and bang my head against the keys. Whatever works. ^_^;;

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    1. haha! I’m almost at the chain-self-to-chair stage, because that seems like the greatest trouble. I’m also going to have to start turning off the wireless at some points of the day or something so I can stop being distracted by the wide world of the internet while I’m at the computer.

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      1. Oh gods, I hear you. The program “Cold Turkey” helped with that, or “Simple Blocker” if you still need/want internet access (like to Pandora or something) but need to block specific sites for a few hours (in my case, Facebook and Youtube.)

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  3. I find that the best way to get through writer’s block is to write, which sounds like exactly what you did here. I appreciate your honesty in sharing that is what you have been going through… reminds us that when that stuckedness happen we aren’t alone.

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      1. Agreed! I don’t post as often as you and have experienced that for sure. Sometimes I will try at a post for days before something sticks – many times it won’t be the topic I was grappling with for hours but I had to go through all that to get there.

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        1. Yeah, I think that part of the problem is that I allowed myself to get out of the habit of writing, and it’s difficult to remember that you have to slog through all of that sometimes to get to the real thing. But I think I’m on the way.

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  4. Always tough to get over writer’s block! I usually just write a bit of a post and save it in a draft, and keep going writing bits, adding bits, until I have something that will be acceptable to post. As soon as I see the feedback coming, I get super motivated and ideas just start flowing. Hope you feel your creative juices flowing again soon!

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    1. Thanks! I think my problem right now is that I’ve got nothing but time to write, and that makes me feel a bit nervous and a bit pressured to produce something. Perhaps once I adjust to that I bit more it will be easier.

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    1. haha—It is! Social media is shockingly distracting. Like, I don’t even know why I want to know more about what my friends’ dogs are like, but there I am scrolling through their photos anyway.

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    1. Thanks. I think mostly I just need to work on putting my but in the seat and putting words on the page. I keep finding too many other things to do.

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  5. I hate writer’s block. I’d rather get my teeth drilled than have it. Sometimes, I just have to put out the biggest garbage of all as a post, just so I can get over the block and usually when I start at least getting something out, I can start getting more ideas. Good luck to you!

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    1. I had an instructor in grad school who would always tell me “don’t get it right, get it written.” That has pulled me through a lot of stints when I just felt that I couldn’t get the writing quite right. But now I’m stymied in a different way, I think. I finally have time to do nothing but write, but that’s a little daunting. lol

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