Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Writer's Block

Been a while since I last posted and I apologise for that. In truth there haven't been a major number of advances. I am still writing the sequel to Atlantis and the Game of Time, now on chapter eight. Although, I have encountered a few weeks of writers block which has slowed me down.

There has long been a debate as to whether writer's block exists or not. I, personally, think it depends on your perspective. Writers block, for me, is what I use to describe a period in which the writing doesn't flow or the periods in which I'm too distracted to immerse my self fully in the world I'm creating. Some people say that if you get writers block the it means the characters may not be right or there is some error in the general structure/ plot of the novel. For me that's not the case. I always have more than one project on the go and when I have writer's block, I can't work on any of them. So, for me, at least, it is a state of mind issue.

I usually attribute my writer's block to one of two things: having too much going on in my life, to many stresses and worries which prevent me from detaching from the real world, or my creative batteries have just run out.

I gain my inspiration through watching films, reading books and playing computer games. If I do nothing but write for a few months straight (outside of my day job), which is not uncommon then eventually my inspiration will just dry up, at which point, I just need to take a few weeks out from writing and recharge by doing other things.

For me, writer's block exists, but I can see why some writers don't agree, as writer's block has no real definition other than something that prevents a writer from writing effectively. I could call mine instead symptoms of mild stress or being overworked, but I like the term writer's block because at the end of the day, the results are the same whatever causes it, the person can't write. For me, that means that a more general term is useful.

Let's face it, if someone online messaged me and said 'you know, I haven't seen you post any new stories for a while. How come?' I would much rather say writer's block than go into a full explanation of my personal life and why I just can't seem to focus at present.

Anyway, that's my personal opinion on writer's block and why I haven't posted for a fair while.

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