Are you suffering from what is called the 'Writer's block'?

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  1. K Kiss profile image55
    K Kissposted 12 years ago

    Are you suffering from what is called the 'Writer's block'?

    For months I have been unable to write something on hubpages. I have had brilliant ideas but I end up procrastinating and telling myself that those ideas are best left to be written later for the book I intend to write someday. In the process I believe I have been losing and forgetting those ideas. Why can't I make myself write anymore. I visit and stay signed in on hubpages for hours each day and read others' hubs and write answers and post questions but can't make myself write a hub!! sad

  2. Imogen French profile image86
    Imogen Frenchposted 12 years ago

    If I don't have the time or the inspiration to write a hub, but think I have a good idea then I'll start one off, and maybe get the title and introduction written, then save it to finish later. that way you don't forget your ideas.

    maybe you should write a hub about writer's block!

  3. jacqui2011 profile image78
    jacqui2011posted 12 years ago

    Hi K Kiss. I know what you mean. I haven't written for a while either. I seem to be out of fresh ideas for the moment. I blame it on the time of year, my head is full of other things and I am away from home for 10 hours a day at work. It can be quite frustrating. I carry a pen and notepad with me and jot down any ideas I have during the day. After Christmas, I intend to write some more hubs and hopefully have more time to devote to HP. Good luck and I hope your writers block is a temporary one.

  4. thesingernurse profile image74
    thesingernurseposted 12 years ago

    Rule of thumb: Do not force yourself. Writing comes in sync with your mood and motivation in order to start off. Personally, I experienced such... Especially whenever am asked to write on subjects am not so interested about. What I do if I can't write yet is I jot down every idea I come up with and supplement it with notes regarding the framework I would like to establish. So when I get the chance and motivation to write again, I have always something to use as my blue print.

    Patience my dear. Believe because eventually, you would accomplish everything.

  5. lburmaster profile image72
    lburmasterposted 12 years ago

    All the time. I am a major procrastinator. I never know what to write... I want to write but I always get stuck at what.

  6. LuisEGonzalez profile image76
    LuisEGonzalezposted 12 years ago

    One good way to keep motivated is to get a fresh source of ideas on a consistent basis. For example I have Google email me daily news regarding photography. This gives me fresh avenues to follow and fresh topics. Plus I also keep a journal where I write the titles and ideas about future hubs.

  7. lifeintoronto profile image61
    lifeintorontoposted 12 years ago

    What works best for me when I can't make myself write anything is just start writing. It's really that simple. Just force yourself to start the first paragraph, write something , anything about the topic you meant to write (you might want to delete it later), but it will help you get the writing juices flowing. Usually after the second paragraph it gets better, and once I finish, I can go back and revise the first paragraph that I forced myself to write. That really helped me with academic papers. On the other hand, "plans" of what I was going to write about never really helped me, but charts did! Hope that helps you!

  8. profile image56
    Vladi Dorfmanposted 12 years ago

    Once upon a time I thought I had a writer's block and an artist's block (at different times), and then I realized I was simply too lazy to write about different things and actually finish the stuff I write. Same with the drawing, drawing the same boring stuff over and over again made me believe I had an artist's block.

    Something about comfort zone should be said here.

  9. Juana Aman profile image55
    Juana Amanposted 12 years ago

    Yes, I am ! I haven't written an article here for months.

  10. Rev. Akins profile image70
    Rev. Akinsposted 12 years ago

    I am having the same problem. I have a notebook full of ideas but I keep thinking I will get to them when the time is right or something like that. I have also convinced myself I will write more if I have a certain word processor program or a new tablet, neither of which is realistic or would help the writers block if I had them. I have been more effective in making excuses than actually doing any writing. I enjoy participating in Hub page community and stuff like this helps, maybe that is a good solution. Simply being involved until the block finally leaves. Hope yours goes away, just like I hope mine will be gone soon! Thanks again for the question.

  11. Silwen profile image80
    Silwenposted 12 years ago

    I know how you feel. The 'writer's block' can be very serious problem. The best way to deal with it is to write. Sounds funny smile. Set your alarm clock for 15-30 minutes, open your text editor and start writing. It doesn't matter what you write about. The main thing is not to stop writing. I think I will put all these ideas into a hub. Thank you and good luck.

  12. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 12 years ago

    Amongst the writing community ther are many precious characters, they're the ones who believe they suffer from writers block, along with those that shouldn't be in the community anyway because they can' string a couple of words together.  Then there are the real writers who have to pay bills and buy food and clothes, they never suffer, they just work through any hesitation, it always come right or is that write in the end.

  13. DanielNeff profile image59
    DanielNeffposted 12 years ago

    I rarely have problems with writer's block (although I have only been writing, with the intent of being a writer, for 2 1/2 years). OTOH, I don't have deadlines to deal with. I have so many book and story ideas that I worry more that I won't live long enough to write all the books I want to write.
    For dealing with writer's block, I wholeheartedly recommend a book called "Becoming A Writer" by Dorothea Brande. The book was written in the 1930s, but it is timeless. She offers great exercises to deal with things like writer's block.

  14. leni sands profile image68
    leni sandsposted 12 years ago

    Yes, sometimes, I try to prevent it by writing a little of something every day even it is just non-sensicle (lol).  I've taken to keeping a diary where I jot down everything I do every day including any ideas that I might have for writing or even two lines of a poem even if I cannot think of the rest.  Sometimes it is just because there is nothing around to inspire me.

    Then again, I think if we look around carefully we should always find something inspirational to write about e.g. a lady at a bus stop 'what's her story?' That kind of thing - take the other day - a huge field of cows in my sights and in the midst of all the cows was one loan black sheep???!! What's that all about - you start to conjure up all kinds of reasons why.

    When I find myself with writers block I look back through my diary....

  15. JKenny profile image90
    JKennyposted 12 years ago

    Whenever I get writers block, I'll just start randomly writing whatever pops into my head on a piece of paper, usually by doing that it helps to clear and focus your mind.

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    Author Karin K.Hposted 12 years ago

    Yes I am and its driving me INSANE!!! I am in the process of the 3rd book in my Daughter Of Arella series and Im about to go mental.. Its so irritating.. I know where I want the story to go but I just cant seem to get it there. Strangely I have no problem writing hubs but even as I do it Im shouting at myself for not being able to finish the next chapter...

  17. RGNestle profile image79
    RGNestleposted 12 years ago

    I was going to answer this question, but I couldn't think of anything to write.

    Actually, I have had little to no input on Hubpages recently. I don't know why other than I have been putting the polish on my current book for publication.

    Still, I have thought a great deal about it and found myself with large chunks of time on my hands without creating a new Hub.

    I have found, however, that to keep self-created writer's block from affecting me as much, I put specific times to write in my Day Planner. With the entries established in my mind in this fashion, I find it much easier to actually sit down and write. My mind focuses on that time I have determined to write and I get in the right frame of mind.

    Maybe you should start writing  Hubs, even if you think you should include them in a book later.

    The writings are yours, you can do with them what you please. I have posted several items from my own book and will soon begin posting parts of my new book.

    Maybe the incremental attack can help you trick your mind into thinking that shorter is easier. You can always compile them later, even if it is into a single Hub that you post as a compilation.

    Also, while you are browsing Hubpages, look for the Hubs about writer's block. Some of them are very helpful!

    Best wishes!

  18. Swetankraj profile image60
    Swetankrajposted 12 years ago

    Yeah between these days. I am suffering what you mentioned. The reason behind this i got today is that i will be giving my exams next week and due to studies i was not able to concentrate with hub. Finally i got my problem and treated it by writting a number of hubs without thinking of exams.

  19. profile image0
    Nyu Wesleyposted 12 years ago

    I've been suffering from writer's block for two years now and it sucks. Like you, I've had plenty of ideas but I either procrastinate or I doubt those ideas believing that they're not good enough and then I chuck them out of my mind.


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