Writer’s Block

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Okay, a little help there folks.

What with ‘life’ going on (doesn’t it always seem to get in the way of living?) and other various and sundry inanities, I’m in a drought of writer’s block.  I have ideas of things to write, but whenever I sit at my computer (or [gasp!] even at a desk with pen and paper), I end up drooling* and staring at the screen (paper).

Or, when I do actually start writing something, it ends up looking like Ralphie’s “theme” from ‘Christmas Story’ or my 3rd grade “What I Did On My Summer Vacation” essay.  Not real good stuff.  Not that I have to always put ‘good stuff’ out here (yeah, there have been a few ‘yawners’ I’ve put up in the past [sigh]).  But, I find myself hesitating to put anything out there now (this being the obvious exception).

Yes, I know I’ll get back in the groove… but would rather do so sooner than later.  So, other than the standard “Apply Alcohol In Copious Quantities” method, what else to do?

A little help?


*So, okay, that drooling thing is pretty standard irrespective, but whatever…


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9 Responses to “Writer’s Block”

  1. Kym Says:

    Write anyway, even if it is bad. Think of the bad writing like a bunch of (excuse me here) shit that floats to the top and you have to skim it off for the good stuff to show.

    Also, I’ve copious amounts of fattening food help (my writing not my butt.)

  2. daisyfae Says:

    just write. the daily discipline is important… granted, you don’t have to post everything – unlike me, you may have an internal ‘quality filter’. but write. write when you’re mad, write when you’re laughing, write when you are crying, write when you’ve decided that every man on the face of the earth is a worthless bag of scum-sucking pigshit, not worthy of breathing your waste CO2 (oh, wait…. skip that last one. that’d be pms…)

  3. The Unbearable Banishment Says:

    Do what Charles Bukowski advised. It’s written on his tombstone:

    Don’t try.

    Let it flow and don’t force it. Sometimes it good to take a little time off.

  4. kyknoord Says:

    What else? It’s obvious: comic strips!

  5. hisqueen1 Says:

    just write…if it’s looking a little christmas story or 3rd gradish–just make the title indicate that…let it flow.the more it does the more structured it will become..
    plus perhaps if you got rid of the ever present Raptor you wouldn’t feel like someone is always watching and judging…

  6. thegnukid Says:

    kym – i’m seeing a theme with the “copious amounts” of stuff… i wonder if you get a different effect for each–food, alcohol, sex, whatever…

    daisyfae – yep, true… discipline (or, maybe, i SHOULD be disciplined! [wicked grin])… just want to do justice to the story lines i have in my head. but, something is better than nothing…

    t.ub. – agree. which is why i’ve posted, what, 2 times in the last 5 weeks? [sigh] but, back to it!

    kyknoord – nah, some idjit in another country already stole that idea… ooo, wait…

    hisqueen – you have an excellent point there. hard to concentrate when you’re always looking over your shoulder. maybe if i feed him?

  7. silverstar98121 Says:

    I can only echo all the above advice, and add if you can’t get the words out, go take some pictures. That’s what I do. There are many ways of expressing yourself. Good to see you back.

  8. Sassy Miss P Says:

    Glad to see you’re chiselling away at that block 🙂

  9. imeantno Says:

    I think you should write Ralph’s essay. You oughta know it by heart. . .

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