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I'm not writing. I don't know why, but I'm just not. The term "writer's block" came to mind and I thought, "That's not it at all. I don't suffer from that," then I went and looked it up and yes, that's exactly what it is. One of the articles talking about writer's block suggested trying freewriting to get some words down on paper, so I thought I'd try it, by freewriting here... about my writer's block.

I've noticed that I've been uninspired for a number of months now, but I realized that I'm not actually uninspired. I have a lot of inspiration, but I don't feel like writing. I mean, I have probably thirty WIPs in my Google docs folder, and tons of other ideas noted down. Many of them are DW stories. I need to finish "To Reason Why" - it's nearly done, but languishing. I have a couple of Blue Rain stories in progress, as well as ideas on where I want to take that AU (and I would, except that while I know what overarching things I want to do with it, I do not have any idea of what the next plot will actually be).

And I have a ton of things I want to do with David's AU. I mean TONS. I have probably eight stories in various stages of production, including two multi-chapters, a number of scenes written that are intended for other stories that are plotted but not written, and tons of other ideas. Part of the problem, though, is that the stories are inter-dependent, so I have, for example, one story that I'd really love to write (and I have a lot of it written already), but it requires the two previous stories to be written first. So I'm kinda locked there.

But I can open a WIP, write a few sentences, and then wander off, because it's just not working. I don't feel like writing. And I'm not getting new ideas. The new DW episodes are just not interesting. I'm watching tons of classic ("The Mind Robber" re-watch, "Meglos", "The Two Doctors", and "Time-Flight" in the past week) but nothing's sparking anything. Though I finished my Camp Nanowrimo WIP Rush of 20k words, I only squeaked by, and I only finished one story, which I haven't even had the motivation to post.

To be certain, though, I've written a couple of private fluff pieces for a friend of mine and that was cool. It's like the idea really has to grab me before I'll work on it. And it's not like I'm not thinking about stories. I'm always imagining scenes and plots; I'm just not writing them.

So I don't know what to do. The website I was reading said to just sit down and write anything, so maybe I should just make myself do that. I think one of the problems is that I have a couple of long fics that I want to write, but I really feel like I should start from the beginning, and I shouldn't. In the past, all of my long fics were written in random order, so I should just start writing scenes and paste them together later. Maybe that will help.

Oh ugh, I just realized that Camp Nano comes back in July, and I'm going to be out of town for two weeks that month. That's not going to help. BAH.



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May. 9th, 2017 07:23 pm (UTC)
Overload of ideas, maybe? Too much rather than too little can cause shutdown, I suppose...

Perhaps writing out of order might work. I know some people who know what they want at the beginning and exactly how they want it to end. They say it's the stuff in the middle that drives them crazy, so who knows. Just scenes as they occur to you, then connect the dots later.

I'm not really a writer (I tend to think more mathematically), so I may not have anything worthwhile to say on this. I do read, though, and I have enjoyed both your Blue Rain and David AU's.
May. 10th, 2017 06:22 am (UTC)
I think that's really thing: I need to just write down the scenes playing in my mind, and connect the dots later, as you said. I have a lot of those written already, but I never get to the connect-the-dots phase. :) I wish I could post some of these scenes - I think if I could share these half-written things, I'd feel more accomplished and less blocked - but it just doesn't work that way.

It's funny - I'm also a mathematical thinker, but I've found myself much more fascinated by language in the recent years. I am so very happy to hear that you've enjoyed my AUs! It's gotten to the point where I think about those more than I think about writing for core DW.
May. 9th, 2017 08:47 pm (UTC)
Sorry to hear that, love. It sounds like you can't see the wood for the trees.

How about prodding yourself along with some 100 word drabbles? Doing soem writing with that strict discipline that can be fantastic at kick-starting your writing motivation.
May. 10th, 2017 06:27 am (UTC)
Ooo, I really don't think I can do that. 100-word drabbles are really, really difficult for me - trying to tell an original story in that short a space. I've written a total of three of them and they are by far the most difficult things I've ever written. But the idea is a good one: setting up some kind of goal or design in mind. Maybe something more like a 300-word or 500-word rule would be better for me. Thanks for the suggestion!
May. 12th, 2017 02:02 am (UTC)
Hope writing this helped you out, honey!

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