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Someone Please HELP ME....

All my life I have considered myself proud of my creative writing skills. Lately, over the past year or so, I have had the worst thing a writer can have...a major form of writers block. I have tried to get rid of it. Everytime I sit down to write, NOTHING comes out....my mind goes blank and I get the worst form of anxiety panic attacks running through my brain. What if I can't write anymore? What if my talent is gone? What do I do to get it back? What if it never comes back? Why can't I write anything? I'm so upset I feel like crying. Writing is my life, my one true love, and I feel like it has abandoned me. Please help. Whatever advice you have will be very welcome. Thankyou!

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shanima
Apr. 26th, 2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
One of my favourite quotes on writing is by Neil Gaiman:

"This is how you do it: you put one word after another until it's done. It's that easy and that hard."

If you expect to always be inspired, you'll never get anything done. Writing is hard work. Get a scene and some characters and just start, even if you think it's total rubbish and keep going. When you've finished the story/chapter, then you can edit it (or rewrite it).
dezelent
Apr. 26th, 2014 09:18 pm (UTC)
Writing come from heart, not from brain. How is your heart?
naamah_darling
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:02 pm (UTC)
I think this book might help:

http://www.amazon.com/Art-Fear-Observations-Rewards-Artmaking/dp/0961454733/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1398549304&sr=8-1&keywords=art+and+fear

Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland.

It helped me, and it's a fast read, very short. You can get it used cheap. Worth a try.

Good luck. Sympathies. Been there, done that, came out the other side. You will, too.

And what the person above me said: if there's something else going on, mental illness, depression, anxiety, those can cause writer's block, or make it worse, and writer's block can exacerbate ugly feelings. So, are you okay in the rest of your life? Are you having anxiety problems elsewhere? It sounds like you might be having a little trouble, and I'm concerned for you. In a friendly, not-creepy way.

Don't feel bad for feeling bad. It is a terrible feeling not to have that connection to what you love.

Your talent is NOT gone. It's there for life.

It will be okay, and you will find your way back to it.
naamah_darling
Apr. 26th, 2014 10:25 pm (UTC)
Also, it's okay to write stuff that sucks. If it's terrible, you can get rid of it or fix it when you're done, but the important thing is to get words on paper. Metaphorical paper.

There's this feeling I get, because I struggle through periods of very intensely being unable to write due to being crazy as a shithouse rat, where I just get so frustrated and feel like because I produce so little, everything I produce has to be good, or I have wasted my time. And that's just not true. It doesn't work like that. Everything we produce is valuable. To us, if no one else. We learn from it.

Keep trying. Don't give up on yourself.
pickingmybrain
Apr. 27th, 2014 09:57 pm (UTC)
Thanks everyone for the wonderful advice. I really appreciate it! I am hoping that things start looking up soon.
forgotten_royal
May. 15th, 2014 04:20 am (UTC)
When I got stuck and had writer's block, I did two things. One, I got these "clinics" that had classes that joined with the books and I joined some FB groups. It's not the same as LJ, but their prompt pics are pretty good. Holly Lisle is the author's name and her website is called how to think sideways. Her flash fiction class is free and I'm struggling with it. I'm terrified that my stuff makes no sense, but her exercises help me think.
mlwinter89
Oct. 3rd, 2014 02:47 am (UTC)
Well, I have regular fights with my muse who always tends to punish me by turning his back on me. I have half finished work everywhere. What has been helping me lately is an unrelated improv acting class I've been taking at a community college. With improv, you have no choice but to snap your fingers and come up with something on call. I don't have a natural knack for improv, but after only a month, I'm improving dramatically (no pun intended). This has the added side effect of improving your muse's mood. One practice our teacher has us doing, which you can do right now without enrolling in a class, is to pick out things you see while driving around town. example: a construction ladder turned on it's side. Think about the ladder. Why do you like it or dislike it? Because it's a stairway to heaven, or because you fell off of one the same color when you were five? create a story about it. Why is it on it's side? Who used it last, and how did their morning go? Are they happy, or about to go postal? Why? Ask questions, wonder, and create stories about the most mundane things you can find; and make a habit out of it. This will help. Hope, you find this useful and good luck! :)
seaspry
Nov. 25th, 2014 10:17 pm (UTC)
Just keep writing on a separate piece of paper what you rather be doing. Sometimes when I get stuck writing. I take out a separate piece of paper and write down something like, I'd rather be eating ice cream. Then I would write down what flavor whether it's in a ice cream cone, or a bowl. Sitting at the kitchen table or in the living room on the couch. Sprinkles or no sprinkles. When I have finally exhausted all the reasons for what I would rather be doing. Then the writers block is gone. Sometimes it does take a double dose of writing like this, what I'd rather be doing, before the writers block would be gone.

Edited at 2014-11-25 10:26 pm (UTC)
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