This week I have been experiencing writers block to an extent I haven’t known in a while. I am supposed to be starting a new novel, and can’t seem to get past the brainstorming/outlining phase.

The beginning of this week seemed to be a stop to all productive work over all, but by the time I return home tomorrow (exhausted) from work I will have accomplished a lot this week.

I (will) have managed to:
~Clean my kitchen (and keep it relatively clean)
~Exercise a few days this week
~Bake brownies
~Complete a season of Friends
~Do laundary
~Work hard at both of my part time jobs
~Complete my taxes
~Take care of bills
~Apply for a few jobs
~Write 2 blog posts
~Beat my high score on Bejeweled & Angry Birds (several times)
~Help plan the new Young Adults Bible study for church

Yet with this extensive list of achievements for this week, one think is painfully lacking: working on my next novel. I don’t know what it is, but I cannot seem to move on in my writing. And this is something I want to do for a living.

A lot of people just say “Start”. Start somewhere, anywhere, and write. A friend said that sometimes writing a stream of consciousness opens up things. So, I tried…and this blog post is what I got.

The important theme seems to be: Just write.

Start somewhere. And then, keep going.

So, that is what I’m going to do. The T.V. is off. Kitchen is clean. A special playlist has been made. So, now, I am going to start the process over.

I’m going to reacquaint myself with my Characters, my setting, and my ideas. I am going to draw maps and Character sketches. I am going to start writing their story and see where it goes.

And then, perhaps, tomorrow night I’ll be ready to go further.

Do you ever experience a passion block? A time when what you are passionate about seems to slow or wan? What do you do to overcome the slump?

Thanks for reading!

2 thoughts on “(Un)Inspired

  1. Way to go Candice! Another great tip I go back to a lot is from Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird. Buy yourself a 1-inch picture frame, and write what you can see through it. Look at your characters, your plot, your setting through that 1-inch opening and you'll be surprised at how much you can see when you zoom in small.


  2. I have run out of anything to say too lately so like you am busying myself with all the things I usually put off until tommorrow, sort of nesting and getting our home back in order.


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