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Okay, I'm brain damaged
That's the only explanation for this writing problem. I sit down, I open one of the four (five six seven) stories I'm writing, and start. Except...words elude me, I can't even figure out how to write something like getting Blair over to the phone, let alone hanging up, and I spend thirty minutes on one sentence because it's not right. And then, when I go back and read a paragraph I wrote two minutes ago? My jaw drops open because it's not what I intended to write - well, it is - but it's like I skipped a bunch of stuff that should have gone into the paragraph.

Swiss cheese.

Just.

Swiss cheese.

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caarianna From: caarianna Date: August 24th, 2012 12:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Maybe it's something in the air? I'm having the same problem and it's VERY frustrating. Must be a way of beating the block. I think this weekend, I have to just sit and force myself to write. I need to get this story done, so I can do the other one I promised.

::shakes head:: Next year, to offer a story? I'll have to have already written it or not at all.
From: ma_aaaa Date: August 24th, 2012 03:57 am (UTC) (Link)
::hugs::
bluewolf458 From: bluewolf458 Date: August 24th, 2012 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
I have half a dozen stories started and sitting at various points, and I can't think where to go with any of them. Usually when that happens I start another one... but I'm looking through my folder of ideas, and thinking 'I don't have the skill to write any of those'...

It happens to all of us, I suspect - one reason why, after the first year, I've only offered stories for Moonridge that are already finished.
sistermu From: sistermu Date: August 25th, 2012 07:40 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a horrible feeling, especially when you have so many great stories written already and you know you can (used to be able) to do it. I used to get stuck over words and just stop, now I have my thesaurus permenantly open. When I am stuck on what to write now, I am trying to force myself to write through, even if it's nonsense, until something reasonable comes out. Also I find that rewatching canon helps sometimes, though I guess you know your canon back to front *g*.

I hope it gets better for you and you find your groove again. Maybe try doing something way different or some writing exercises. At least if you get something down, you can go back and add the bits you forgot after. I know you said a while ago that you weren't writing anything. It's good that you're going again at all, and maybe you just need to get the habit back.

Best Wishes and Hugs,
Mu
aprilvalentine From: aprilvalentine Date: August 25th, 2012 07:16 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh, have I been there! I've spent months feeling exactly the same thing. But it's sort of finally broken for me, thank goodness.

Weirdly, what helped me was getting into a new fandom. Discovering a new interest was a total surprise (you can't plan these things, anyway, but nobody pimped me into it and nobody I know was even talking about it) but when you are in that first phase of new love, the creative dam seems to break. I've been able to finally get back to a poor, languishing SH story I've needed to finish for ages and am feeling like working on my unfinished TS stuff as well.

I was feeling so burned out and old and just couldn't think of words even... so I think the new thing sort of rejeuvenates the brain. And suddenly, I can actually write again and feel like I know what I'm doing and that I can still be good at it. Not that I'm recommending you go out and find something to drag you away from TS, but... my 2 cents. (Just FYI, my new fandom is Person of Interest. Main character is an ex-Ranger and ex-CIA, not unlike Jim Ellison, and his partner is a geeky, brainy guy who has a few parallels to Blair -- except the age differences are reversed. But I'm not leaving TS or finding anybody I think is more beautiful than RB and GM!
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