I think every writer comes to a point where they hit the dreaded wall. It happens to me all the time. For example, last week I had brilliant ideas for my stories. I’d wake up excited to write and ended up writing over 12,000 words this last week. That’s quite a lot for me. Except yesterday, I tried to write and nothing appeared on screen. I found myself checking Twitter or watching YouTube videos.
It’s frustrating when the creativity disappears, to have it one day gone like it never existed. When this happens, I have to take a step back and reevaluate. A few things that help are hitting the gym, watching a movie or reading a book. Another helpful thing is listening to movie soundtracks depending on the mood I want to achieve. I try to find something to inspire and motivate me.
One thing I’ve learned is trying to write when stressed is never a good thing; it leads to more frustration. The most important thing is to not let it get to you, don’t quit trying. take a day off if you need to, but then get back on the horse. I’m sure many of you have heard this quote, but it’s a nice reminder to keep pushing.
“If you can quit, then quit. If you can’t quit, you’re a writer.” R.A. Salvatore.
I want to be a writer and the more I work towards my goal, it becomes true. I’m to the point where I can’t quit, where I need to see it through to the end. Even when I hit that dreaded wall, I’m going to take my imaginary bulldozer and knock it on over.