Creative Endeavors in the Field of Writing

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For the last while, instead of writing stories, I have been perfecting a long held skill. That being the creation of barriers that stop me from writing those stories. Something, I'm sure in which I am not alone, but I thought I would write about some of my current favourites. If for no other reason than to start at the beginning of an idea and take it to an end.

Spacial awareness - Due to problems initiated by one of the classical elements and exasperated by another of the classical elements, I have been forced to move for a number of months. And though the new space is satisfactory, it seems to have put a damper on my existence. The light isn't right, the space is not as comfortable, I have to deal with things beyond the things I already don't like dealing with, and it just leaves me out of sorts.

Technically that's not right - The words be been, was were, and has have are messing me up completely. As soon as a sentence is written with any of these words (and I write lots of sentences with those words) they become shining beacons of wrongness. I wish there was a blind spot that allowed me to just continue, come back and tweak them at another point, but I find myself thinking about the effort of tweaking at a later point (even though I will have a better palette in general upon which to create) and I question the likelihood of following through with the corrections. My most likely method in dealing with these words is to drag a tab from Chrome and cover yWriter.

Scope Outlast - I am in serious need of a short story idea. I need to start and finish a story, but just about every idea I have these days will required 20000 words, not 5000. The only somewhat manageable idea I have is one that does not quite tie together from a historical perspective. Furthermore, it's based upon someone else's work and the two times I've done that, the results have been disastrous.

Nom de Porn - I've come up with a nom de porn that amuses me much more than it should. Therefore, I've attempted to create a story that is much more one handed in nature than what I've already written. My problem, I'm guessing a story should not have 5000 words of character and world development before the bonking gets going.

Lazy Boy Reclining - Never will I deny that laziness and procrastination do not own their rightful place within my psyche. However, I'm not sure if they or lack of confidence are really playing that big of role in stopping me. I like the ideas and directions of most of the stories I've been attempting, though maybe I'm unsure if the effort required is worth it. It is much easier and oftentimes enjoyable to tell myself a story than to write it for others.

Winter blahs - Blah, winter!

Hopefully, I will dig under, climb over, or burst through some of these barriers.

Maggie_Finson's picture

Sounds to me as if,

You just have a little too much on your plate for satisfactory writing just now. Also, we all take breaks from it at times, even if we do dabble with this and that. Those times what comes from the keyboard is usually nothing close to satisfactory. This I know from experience.

Advice? None from here other than giving yourself the time to settle in, get used to your new surroundings and find that the words flow again instead of being forced to the point where you stop to pick at each paragraph individually. (And yes, I've done that,too.)

Muses are funny people, or critters, or whatever. They need to be comfortable with where they are before they cooperate. Just give yours time to settle in too, and quite possibly things will start filling pages again the way like.

But then, who am I to talk? I've had writing droughts that have lasted over a year at a time. Just get at it again when you're ready, you'll know when that happens. The rest of us can wait for you, or save a spot in that corner booth at the bar so you know where to find us.



But I'm having that problem too. We moved last July, and my new writing space is giving me fits. I can't seem to move and shift things around to feed my creativity rather than muffle it. Right now it's more like squeezing lemons that channeling a river. Damn it, I want my river back. It was so much easier, and yes I do blame the space. I'm just at a lost at how to fix it! So Arcie I understand completely!



Heck, I thought I was the only one!

My muse has been particularly stubborn. I'm sure it has something to do with the weather. I get flashes of inspiration, but wind up with more questions than answers.
I also recently had a change in my writing space, and it just doesn't have the right feel. My solution to that has been to become a slob, but that hasn't worked, so I'm going to try to rearrange my space to make it more comfortable. Okay, so I'm not quite sure how that will happen, but I need to do something!
Remember, spring IS coming! Perhaps once I can open the windows and breathe the fresh air again...


Renee M's picture

Arcie's Right; Winter Blahs...

Given my genetic and early-childhood-trauma chronic major depression, I probably have winter blahs, winter blues, seasonal affective disorder, more than most. I'm lucky I live in Phoenix. I have some agoraphobic days; like it's in the 70's, low wind, sunshine, perfect biking weather, but I just can't get myself to leave the house or yard. Other days I'm better.

The accepted cause for winter depression is shorter days with less light; I think being cold, while just sitting around the house also contributes. I have 2 bright light systems although I only use the newer one. It's portable; 3 LEDs per eye on a visor with a rechargeable battery. I used to only have a big fluorescent fixture I could sit on a bed side dresser. Either way I stare at a bright light for an hour soon after getting out of bed. I used to go on business trips and couldn't bring the big fixture. What I did instead was get a light fixture in the motel room, take off the shade and stare at the bulb (or at least have the bulb in my field of vision) from a few inches away.

Anybody could try this; one might see the benefits in a few days. Try to be plenty warm indoors. I think getting good aerobic exercise should help, too.

I know it's guy-like to try and fix problems/offer advise of a physical nature, but I can't seem to help it. It's how my brain works; I guess it's/I'm not flexible enough.

Hugs and Bright Blessings,

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Hugs and Bright Blessings,

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