Yet Another Creative Writing Funk

I have so many projects that I want to start, and then I go to start them and all of my creativity fizzles out.  Like,  I am always saying I am going to write a one shot fan fiction, go to do so and midway through writing I’m just like “Ugh this sucks, I need to stop”.  Right now, I have about three stories in my head that I want to write, one of them being an original story, and 2 some novella sized Sailor Moon fanfics.  What I’ve been trying to work on just comes out as like four paragraphs, then I stop and it’s so frustrating!  I’m wondering if I’m just being too critical on myself and my writing though?  Like I literally have stopped mid sentence a few times because I think it’s so terrible.  I also am terrible at starting stories, so that may be why too hrmm.

 

I’m thinking of maybe starting to actually outline stories.  Like, I’ve written down character bios of characters, then a over-arching plot for the story as a whole, but no bullet points for how to get from point A to point B with a story.  I’ve done this with a radio play script, but then couldn’t (and still can’t) get the end of the story the way I like it.  I’ve gotten some ideas here and there on how to progress, but nothing concrete enough for me to just start where I left off and keep on writing.
I honestly think I am over thinking this entirely too much:  I may just head off, and start writing, and see what happens.  Maybe if I just have a ton of writing on a page, I can work with it and go from there.

 

Have any tips on how to get out of a semi-writers block/self doubt phase?  I’d love to hear in the comments!

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Author: Crystal

A California based musician who is as passionate about music as she is video games,, Crystal (or ValkyrieCeles around the interwebs) loves to gush about her various nerdtastic loves, rant about anything currently catching her fancy, and generally just express herself in any creative outlet she can get her hands on. An avid reader, writer, and dreamer, Crystal has been leaving pieces of herself around the internet since 2006.

7 thoughts on “Yet Another Creative Writing Funk”

  1. I know, sometimes for me, I’ll do something to get myself hyped up for the story again. For your fanfics, maybe watch some SM? Other than that, I just make myself write – sometimes, with writers block, you just have to force yourself through it. If you can get like 1000 words in, you’ll find that it’s easier to go on.

    But, I do think that outlining would be a good thing? It will let you know what you’re doing and get you kind of excited for your story ❤

    My last suggestion would be some writing prompts? Get yourself excited.

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  2. Take a break, watch something you love, watch something you hate, write a description of someone or something and go from there, pretty much whatever you need to do to get going. Just don’t stare at a blank page. That blinking cursor will definitely get you down.
    Good luck.

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  3. I know how frustrating this can be. Just remember it doesn’t have to be perfect first time. Ann Lamott calls it ‘shitty first drafts’ (her book on writing and life, ‘Bird by Bird’ is very good to get you going and to show you how to forgive yourself in your writing).

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    1. lol I love using that term for first drafts, I think using it will make me be less hard on myself. I’ll definitely check out that book, thanks for the recommendation!

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