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What Do you Do When You Have Writer’s Block?

Do you just sit there, staring at the blank page or screen, willing the words to flow?

Do you just let your stream of conciousness fill the page with inane thoughts and babbling?

Do you drink copious amounts of coffee, hoping the caffeine will jar something lose? Or that the frequent trips to the porcelain bowl will help you think?

Do you sit in the sun, letting the heat burn into you while you file away what you feel, to use in your writing?

Do you people watch and describe what they’re wearing, their actions and mannerisms in your head, and then create drabbles out of the different things you see?

Do you read a lot, and widely so as to find a writing style that resonates with you?

Do you scribble into notebooks, in illegible handwriting and hoping that when you come back to it on a later date you can still read it?

Do you ask yourself random questions and then writing the answers down, and then realise that you’ve actually filled up a good portion of the page?

What do you do?

Not Feeling It

It’s almost the end of the second week of November and I’m way behind in my NaNoWriMo writing. Strangely enough, I’m not even fretting or even worried. I think that’s because I have something else to worry about.

I know I’ve been talking about my mussel project for ages and over the last couple of weeks, I decided to take some time off over the next few months to finish it and just get it over and done with. The project has been like an albatross around my neck that I can barely think about anything else or even muster up the enthusiasm for NaNoWriMo like I normally can.

I’m finally getting the stupid project started and I just don’t have the energy for NaNoWriMo. Those damn mussels sure take up a lot of effort.

So this year, like the last, the NaNoWriMo novel is going to get abandoned not even halfway through the month. I just need to get everything else in order and all will be good. I hope.

Started Your NaNoWriMo 2011 Yet?

NaNoWriMo 2011

It’s the start of November and also the start of NaNoWriMo.

Did I write? I did. Not a lot, just enough to catch up for two days worth of words (to complete 50k words in 30 days, you need to rack up about 1667 words per day). I managed some 3000+ words yesterday.

The need and the mood to write almost always seems to start when I’m at my busiest or when I’m needed to do something at that moment. Trying to maintain that need to write is quite difficult at the moment.

It’s early days yet and even though I know there’s a high possibility of me not being able to complete my novel this year, I’m going to try anyway.

Also, maybe that extra strong coffee this morning may not have been the best of ideas.

I should get some writing done.

The Upcoming November Madness

NaNoWriMo 2011

In case you didn’t realise, this is going to be one of the many annual NaNoWriMo posts. If you don’t know what that is, just click on the web badge on top.

Anyway, I do have a story in mind but I think I’ll be going into it half-heartedly since I don’t have a clear picture in mind, though that has never stopped me.

Most people see this as a way to start their novels, they will eventually edit and then try to get it published. Me, I just want to purge a story and try to reclaim the writing high, which I’ve been trying since the first complete novel.

What ever the motivation it is for writing, I wish all the participants good luck, have fun and try not to burn yourself out.

What NaNoWriMo Has Done For Me

It’s the start of October and as always, I start planning and plotting for what I’m going to write for this year’s NaNoWriMo. While I revel in the high of writing, trying to squeeze some hours of writing when I can and trying to purge the story I have in my head, I never once talked about the good things that NaNoWriMo has given me.

NaNoWriMo was the first event that I went where I got to meet people whom I met online. I’d always thought that writing was a solo thing and that there weren’t people out there who are like me. I was pleasantly surprised that I was wrong and there they were, spouting quotes from Monty Python, Terry Pratchett and internet memes. For once I could talk about something and not get blank looks.

I met people with similar interests, similar sense of humour and it was liberating to finally be able to be myself without hiding the part of me that loves books, stories and movies.

NaNoWriMo gave me a chance to be part of a writing group. I got a story published and was party of a group effort in publishing a novel.

If it weren’t for this annual thing, I wouldn’t have met the wonderful friends I have now and through them, I met so many more awesome people. If it weren’t for them, I wouldn’t have discovered things that I love doing (even though I don’t have much time for them anymore), things that made me discover who I really am and to not give a fuck about what others think of me.

So yeah, NaNoWriMo is awesome. Not everyone understands why I love it but to each their own.

Not Writing Enough

One of the best ways to write better is to write constantly, every day. Write about everything you see, you hear, make up stories and the like.

And that’s why I don’t write as well as my friends and the writers I adore. I don’t write enough.

Being busy with life shouldn’t be an excuse to not write. Neither is the lack of ideas or mood.

If I want this enough, if I was serious enough about writing, I should write more, shouldn’t I?

writing in progress

The Need To Write Better

Lately, I think that my writing has reached a plateau; a plateau of mediocrity. I rarely have anything intelligent to say and when I try to contribute to what ever topic that is making its round on the web, I just come across incoherent, rushed and not really adding anything new to the topic of discussion. Most of my recent writings have been nothing but rushed cobbling of sentences with barely a thought that goes into it. I just slap on some pictures, right a few rushed paragraphs and post it up, without even bothering to read through it check for spelling mistakes, broken links and various other mistakes.

Truthfully, I miss the times when I used to take time and effort to read through the post a few times, making sure that the grammar, spelling and vocabulary that I use it correct. Nothing is more embarrassing then telling everyone that you’re a writer but your writing is a mess. I know for a fact that my grammar may not be spectacular even at the best of times but I do try to make as little mistakes as I can. I could say that I don’t have the time or energy to write better but those are just excuses. If I had the time to write a post, then I should put in the effort to make it worthwhile reading.

This brings me to the question, who do I write for; myself, others or both? After much pondering, I realised that I’d like write for both myself and for others. So, I should make an effort to at least make the writing funny, if not interesting, and keeping the self-indulgent posts to a minimum.

I want to be able to write, not necessarily wittily but at least in a way that’s interesting enough that the readers would come back. I need to write better, to put in more effort in my writing, taking a few days to do a post if needed. I miss being able to easily collect my thoughts and lay them out coherently, funnily and at times with a sprinkle of wit.

So how do I do this? How do I make time out of an already busy schedule, to come up with quality posts? This, I have yet to figure out.