Lately I’ve felt this odd feeling. And I don’t really like this odd feeling. It’s the feeling of not writing. And not having that umph to write. It’s a pain, because I know I love writing. Sure, I roleplay with a friend every day, and I suppose that counts as writing, but it’s all one line from one character’s POV. Yeah, I get practice keeping from that person’s view, but it’s not writing. Not real writing. If I were writing paragraph upon paragraph of content for the RP like I used to, then I would count that as really being creative and in depth, but I’m not. It’s literally one sentence at a time. Sometimes a max of like, five sentences.
So the other day I decided I was going to sit down and actually write a story.
No idea for plot, no idea for characters, no idea for anything.
It kinda hurt. It kinda hurt bad.
Well, okay, I should really rephrase what I said above. The RP isn’t the only writing I’ve done. I have been writing small bits and pieces of my novel. A couple hundred words here, a few hundred there. That should count, right? I am writing creatively.
So I’m going to rephrase what I said to I haven’t been writing consistently, and no short stories have come forth from this brain of mine.
Okay, and I did write two stories for contests, one was just over 2,000 words for the Defy the Dark contest and one that was just under 600 words for round 9 of the NPR Three-Minute Story contest. I can’t count those out.
On the side of excuses, I have been working a lot and going to school two days a week as well. So I’m busy doing stuff seven days a week. But I don’t normally work 40 hours a week. And school ends on Wednesday at 1 and I have nothing to do after that but go home. I could write something. Anything! There is time in there between studying and working and school.
Excuses, excuses. Screw the excuses!
Point being, I need to write more. Can’t hone a craft without actually doing it.
What do you do when you haven’t written anything big in a while? What do you do to get yourself out of a slump? How often do you write?