Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Writer's block

As some readers know, I consider myself something of an amateur writer. I've only had a few small things published and nothing recently, but...I actually do enjoy the process of creating and putting words down on paper (or the screen for that matter). Moreover, I've written all kinds of things: collaborative fiction (if you've ever googled my name, you've undoubtedly found the ASR collaborative fiction I wrote long ago - yes, it was 'Trek based,' but that was b/c I used to be something of a Trekkie and b/c it was the best genre for that kind of collaborative fiction...it had a shared universe that everyone knew), poetry, essays, short stories, and once upon a time...a novella and a one-act play. Gets to the eclecticism I've written about so many other times.

That said, I have been experiencing writer's block for awhile now. A long while. A very long while. I've tried to write things, however...nothing good ever seems to come of it. Either I can't form the idea in my head, or perhaps I write a bit and then abandon it due to lack of interest, or perhaps I simply ramble on and on (like a blog entry!!). Or worst of all, I'll just sit in front of a blank screen...no ideas coming to my head. One of the worst was when I had a great idea for a story...and then I realized that it had already been done...in more or less the exact same way that I had the idea for. Embarassed, I had to more or less abandon it until I came up with a better way of doing it. And that never came.

For awhile, I was just too wrapped up in my own head (I think). And sometimes I was being overly critical of myself. Anyway, the point is that all of a sudden last night...I finally had an idea and was able to start work on something. Don't know where exactly it is headed...but it was the first positive sign I'd had in quite some time. And you know what? I haven't a clue why it took so long. As far as I can tell...it just came back to me for no reason. Go figure. *shrug*

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