Here is my writer’s block story. Sorry if it’s too long.
I begin writing seriously in the 90’s. I began a number of novels, completed four, with one being published.
Sometime after that I stopped writing for a number of years. I began again after discovering Lulu, deciding to put my old books into print whether they sold or not. I just thought it would be neat to have actual books rather than .doc files on my computer. I reworked two books and had them printed, giving many away to friends, then I stopped writing again, as I couldn’t come up with anything new.
A few months later I brought out a novel I had earlier completed, and abandoned. I think it is a good story, but the ending sucks, so I decided to change the ending altogether, and I got back to writing. My changes turned out worse than the original. I couldn’t come up with new ideas, even if I did, I couldn’t put them down in a comprehensive way. I wrote a lot, but it just wasn’t the way I was used to writing. It was forced, and boring. It was like trying the same thing over and over with the same results.
I set that project aside for a few months, then decided to try it again, because I really liked the book. This time, I looked over the book and could still not get in the mood to finish. I decided to put another hold on it. Still wanting to write I broke out an incomplete novel and decided to work on that. It was one of those that I started, and really didn’t get into. I had put it aside for a number of years also, and was on the verge of scrapping it altogether.
However, after returning to it, and getting the feel of the characters again, I found myself inspired. As I wrote, the old feelings came back. The characters took on new life.
The thoughts I previously had about the plot just were not working, but as I wrote I found I could come up with fresh new ideas which did work. The ideas just came, without me having to worry about it.
I know this is cliché, but I can think of no other way to describe it. I had a complete idea for how the book was to develop and end, but as I wrote it was like the characters were telling me, ‘No, it’s going to go this way.” So, I followed their advice, and it worked.
I’m sure many of you have been writing with a particular idea in mind as to where it was going, only to find an alternate and better route just popping in your head out of the blue. That had happened often when I wrote years ago, before I took my break.
It was very refreshing to get it back.
I finished the book, and in my opinion, it turned out much better than I expected. In fact I think it is my best yet, even better than the one that was published. (yeah, we all say that)
I’m awaiting my second proof then I will be putting it on the market.
So, after all that, my point is: If you are stuck, just try something new. Get out of the old rut and relax and let the story come. And Enjoy.