I’ve had a lot of trouble writing my current WIP. I feel like I’ve been working on it forever, but I don’t know where the plot is going. I don’t know how to write a contemporary, I don’t know what the stakes are, and I just feel burned-out when I try to work on it. I’ve just felt blehhhh every time I sat down to write. I’d open the world document and just stare at the screen, unable to lift a finger.
So. That’s fine. Sometimes, stories do that to us. Sometimes, they are just persnickety and don’t want to be written.
The important, thing however, is to not stop writing. If one story isn’t working, and you’ve taken some time off to read and think, and you come back to it, and it’s still not working, (and you’ve repeated this ad nauseum) then it’s time to write something else.
Write something different for a while. Have another novel you’re writing? Work on that. Have something you should be editing? Work on that. Want to play around with poetry? Do it! Have a song you want to write? Write it! It doesn’t matter. Write short stories, write blog posts, write poetry – heck, if you want to, even write fanfiction. Do whatever it takes to get your creative-gears moving again.
Sometimes when I hit a wall in a project, my instinct is to just sit and stare at the wall. And complain about the wall. And study the wall. And write blog posts about the wall. But maybe what I need to be doing instead is writing a different project for a while.
Does that mean I’m totally abandoning this project that I’ve spent so much time working on? Probably not. But I’m just not going anywhere with it right now. So let’s go somewhere else instead.
Which leads me to my other point for today: write what excites you. I write to escape, to go to a world that I love, to meet people that only exist in my head. I write for fun, for adventure. And the novel I was trying to write doesn’t have any adventures.
So, I’m writing other stuff. I’ve written some really fun fanfiction. I’ve written some short blurbs and beginnings of stories. And now I’m working on re-writing/ finishing/ installing a plot into an old novel that I adore and want to breathe life into. And for the first time in many weeks, I’m excited about writing. I’m excited to be returning to this other story, to this other world. It’s a bit daunting, but it’s also the most fun I’ve had with a WIP in a long time.
Let your imagination run wild. Write whatever the heck you want to. Adventure awaits.