Writer’s Block

You know that feeling when you’re itching to write something, something good, but every attempt that you make just causes you to shudder and cringe with disgust whenever you read it back? I’m definitely going through one of those phases right now: a.k.a. writer’s block.

Typically I’d say that my posts tend to write themselves. I’ll be sitting on the train, or standing in the shower, or attempting to mirror some Youtube cardio workout, when out of the blue I’ll be hit with a EUREKA moment that forces me to stop what I’m doing, rush to my phone and scribble it all down in my Notes before I miss my train of thoughts. And then a little while later, voilà, I hit Publish and I’m happy. 😀

It’s usually just that simple; easy as pie. But as of lately I feel like I’m lacking in inspiration; there’s nothing for me to write about even though there’s so much going on in my life at the moment. It just feels like the flow of my creative juices has come to an unexplained halt. Of course it’s just a phase, I know that and it’ll pass like it always does, but the not-knowing-when-it’ll-subside-part is what’s so frustrating because I LOVE to write. My ability to write is what essentially what makes me, me. And so whenever I can’t I feel a bit like a caged animal, restricted and knotted up, with little capacity to breathe… ok slightly dramatic but you get what I mean. It’s annoying!

And so while I’m going through this ‘meh’ phase I refuse to write anything just for the sake of it (excluding this post of course) I’ll try to be patient and wait for the storm to pass, however long that may be. Until then I’m hoping that the beautiful city of Istanbul will act as my muse and inspire me to write something that’s actually worth reading!

Hopefully it’ll be worth the wait, so wish me luck. 🙂

64 replies

  1. Good Luck! But, I hear as with exercising, when you have no motivation to do, that you must!! You have to keep the trickle of water coming forth from the spout so it will pour out sooner. Then again, maybe your juices are just warming up for something great. Take a break and give them time to energize. Sorry, I thought for sure I was onto something with the first suggestion:) Either way, good luck, again!

  2. Sometimes I look at prompts and pictures and try to write a description or short story to get the words flowing again. I have a pinterest board full of picture prompts if you’d like a link.

  3. Sometimes your life feels stuck. Lifeless, meaningless, depressing, empty. Have you ever felt that way? Here is the real question… “Where is my story going?”
    Check out a library book if u’re interested in reading or writing. Or tour a museum or country…
    Share the memories and experience your thoughts on the different topics. Enrich your story with the addition of emotions, actions and setting details that holds readers’ attentions.
    Best of luck!

    • Thanks for your suggestions 🙂 I think that I’m best off taking a break from trying to force something out of my frazzled brain! I’m going to focus more on reading for the moment and hopefully that’ll inspire me to write something of my own.

  4. I usually feel the same way and I came up with a theory. A rationalization to calm the anxiety of knowing you should be writing and you are not.

    I call it the ‘ busy feeling’ phase. Where as a writer, whether you feel inspired or not, you have to have the emotional connection with your work.
    Just feel it out. However, I must say that these periods are excruciatingly long. Lol

    • That’s exactly it! I need to feel a connection with my posts too and as of lately I’m not getting that feeling so I’d rather write nothing and wait till it comes back. Hopefully it’s too much of an excruciatingly long wait :/ I think that I’m going to focus on reading to get my brain ticking again…

  5. Like an employer forcing you to take your vacation days even though you don’t want to take a vacation, such is writer’s block.

    Just let it go and enjoy your vacation. It’ll come back to you when it’s ready. 🙂

    • Thanks for the suggestion Vishal. I’ve tried brainstorming but it hasn’t really helped, I like my posts to be natural and write themselves so I think that I’m just going to take a break and see what happens. I’m sure that I won’t be away from WordPress for very long!

  6. i don’t know if you are aware but for somebody with writers block, you just wrote something. even if it was writing about not knowing what to write about. and I enjoyed it. isn’t that what its all about. so WELL DONE from me anyway

  7. I am sort of going through the same thing … or maybe I’m just feeling a little lazy about writing at the moment! I’ve heard doing free writing and liberate and open the doors a little … maybe give that a go … just write down your thoughts as they come, in no particular order, doesn’t even have to make sense!

    • I’ve tried that a couple of times and no success :/ I think that I’ve probably been putting too much pressure on myself so I’m just going to focus my attention elsewhere, start reading books again and see what happens. I’m sure my dry spell will be over in no time…good luck to you too Eliza 🙂

  8. Good luck!

    We all have those moments when inspiration is lacking or thoughts are simply hijacked by other things rendering creativity just wishful thinking.

    For me, instead of trying to force the process, I simply do a lot of reading — blogs, magazines, news papers (New York Times has great science and Op-ed articles). What ever your taste in reading material reading can help stimulate creativity, well, at least it does for me.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day 🙂

  9. Other suggestions for inspiration:
    – visit somewhere outside of your normal route — A museum, new grocery store etc
    – comment on other blogs — many times while commenting elsewhere post ideas are seeded in my brain.
    – and when all else fails, pictures of cute animals always brightens one’s day 🙂

  10. I am very new to blogging so I have yet to experience writers block, but I suggest reading some of your old blog post and see if something inspires you. Hope that helps.

  11. How you describe your “out of the blue” inspirations are exactly what happens to me. It’s usually while I am cleaning out kitty litters that the words begin … and then I run to my yellow legal pad and pen to write down what I hear before I loose it. Lately, like you, my inspiration and interest and passion is just not there, as I question so much of my Life. Whenever these phases hit, I have seen that when the muse begins again, it is with more intensity, deeper, wiser, better. I see it as the place where in the stepping up to the next stair, that foot is in midair. Until it comes down, you really have nothing to stand upon, so the muse cannot be heard. This too shall pass. And yes this extends to my photography as well, when the “magic” is no longer felt. Tough to get through …. but somehow we all make it. 🙂 Hang in there!!!! (((HUGS))) Amy ❤

  12. Thinking process never ceases . it is only that trains of thoughts are jumbled or incoherent. Writing is to disentangle these jumbled thoughts threads. Best wishes

  13. If there’s just one thing I could say (and you’ve mentioned this too) to get over your writer’s block it would be this: wait! Even though you may be lacking the words right now, your passion for writing won’t waver. So when the time is right, you’ll soon get your ticket to your train of thought and board the blogging express once more.

    I feel similar to what you’re going through, since I sadly haven’t found the time to blog over a month now. 😦

    But that’s just me – in the meantime I’m happy to wait until the next time you publish!

  14. As much as the creative forces of your brain turning icy cold productive style, as opposed to the (annoyingly) frequent storms of inspiration, there is a phase in-between writing bursts when older pieces are picked up on by new followers, and equally a chance to reblog archive posts, although frequent reblogging is something I avoid
    So take a holiday from the creative storm, put your writing hands and long serving pen to rest for a bit and chill out

    When its meant to be, the storm will hit ten fold and you’ll think ‘bloody hell, preferred the dry spell’ as you miss the train to jot down the numerous inspirational strikes within that short morning alone!

  15. Sometimes I just keep writing and others I walk away until something sparks inside me and let it happen. A few, I obligate myself to write just to keep going and not let myself fall into laziness. Great post! Thank you for following my blog, hope you enjoy the craziness.

  16. Hi, thank you for stoping and following my blog, I agreed that even as a writer you stuck sometime, you wanted to write something but doesn’t know what to write. that time just close your eyes for10 to15 minute and whatever image or subject appers in front of eye take that as your subject and write on it. This is my experience .

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