I don’t know if I mentioned this before, but for the past week, I’ve had visitors from the Netherlands. It was great having them. We took them all over the area to enjoy the beauty of our landscape.
In addition, we went to places like lion sanctuaries etc. which I haven’t ever been to before. Of course, all this is great for my muse.
She’s probably assimilating everything she saw into even more story ideas.
Needless to say, I’m glad I had this week out in the world.
But there’s a bit of a hitch. Now that I’m back, I’m so exhausted that I can’t seem to start writing. I’m past half-way with the Birds vs Bastards rewrite, but right now, I’m just staring at the empty page. Even though I’ve already written the whole thing.
I already know what’s supposed to happen. But for some reason, something about the section I’m supposed to start now, just doesn’t want to come out.
It’s like something’s clogging up my mind. Usually, I don’t mind, because usually I know exactly what it is that’s keeping me from writing a given story. Mainly, it’s another idea, so the moment I sit down and write the idea out, I can go back to my main story.
This time, though, I can’t put my finger on it. I can feel the block. But there’s just no visible reason for it.
I haven’t felt this way since I finished The Vanished Knight (Doorways, for those or you who missed the announcement). But I do remember. Days and weeks without writing anything because something snarled up my lines of thought.
Getting so stuck that I couldn’t even write a blog post.
So in the scheme of things, this isn’t too bad. And I already know what to do to make it better:
Forcing the issue never works. Even though I’d love to be all gung-ho and I’ll-write-now-because-I-want-to, but that’s not how my mind works.
So, knowing that my self-imposed deadline for this rewrite is the end of September, I’m taking a gamble. I’m going to take time off from the rewrite (and any writing except blogging) until I’m good and ready to get back to it. Hopefully it’ll be soon.
How do you deal with writer’s block?
Before I go. I just want to take a moment to remember those who lost their lives or loved ones on 9/11.