I am legitimately asking myself this question. I’ve not done any creative writing since the outbreak of the pandemic. Not the kind I want to do anyway.
No ideas. No drive.
There seems to be a distinct lack of will or desire to sit down and wrack my brain for words that might conceivably end up becoming a story. Indeed, whilst I have had plenty of ideas in the past, nothing has excited me for a long time.
The pandemic, the lockdowns, isolation, the money worries – they all played their part, of course. None of it helped to motivate me to write creatively.
Yet, I still write. I try to post here (though we have seen that lately, I have not been as consistent as I wanted to be), and I also journal (also not exactly frequently).
Plus, there is my freelance writing, which helps pay the bills.
Maybe I am suffering from a creative block?
I know it isn’t so much the work of sitting down and putting words on paper. The problem is a lack of ideas. Or more specifically that nothing I come up with truly excites me.
I always jot down ideas. And never pursue them.
It’s not a lack of wanting to write, though. When I read Neil Gaiman, I want to write. Same for other writers I truly enjoy. They make me want to write. But what do I write when nothing comes to mind?
Putting one word after another isn’t going to cut it if they don’t make a coherent whole.
Let me digress for a moment. Lately, I have spent hours watching YouTube videos, but it turns out that I haven’t been doing so just randomly. I have been seeking inspiration and solutions. I watch the content I enjoy. And I have realized that seeking out creators whose content I enjoy is a manner of seeking out what seems to work. I want to figure out why it works.
Why do these creators appeal to me? What is it about their content that speaks to me? If I gave you a playlist of everyone whose content I watched lately, you’d find a surprisingly common theme in style, manner, and topics.
So, today I sat and pondered what everyone whose content I’ve been enjoying lately has in common and why they appeal to me. It is quite striking when you become aware of it.
Whilst it hasn’t quite cured my creative block, I am at least here now to post this. And it has got me thinking about my blog as well.
But more on that tomorrow. I still need to do more thinking.
2 thoughts on “Do I suffer from writer’s block?”
I personally like to write the crappiest crap I can think of when I’m in a funk. That allows me to loosen up, and even enjoy writing in the process. Then I get to the end and realise it’s not half bad either. Either way, wishing you the best with your own journey!
Hi Stuart, thanks for your insight 🙂 Sometimes I do just take a pen and write nonsense, simply to put pen on paper as a reminder why I love it. Lately, nothing ‘half bad’ has come off it, but I’ll keep going. Best wishes!