WRITING: Creative Rejuvenation vs. Writers Block
December 9, 2012
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I’ve been flirting pretty seriously with writer’s block lately. I’ve realised that despite reports to the contrary, writer’s block does exist. You know how I know? I’ve written 10-15 pages of a script in the past couple days and, despite being happy to have written it, it’s all terrible. I couldn’t get into the rhythms of the characters’ voices whatsoever, and the description is flat and lifeless instead of sharp and precise. I wrote through the block, but that didn’t cure it; it sat atop my laptop like a fat little devil, laughing at me struggling through the sticky mud of my lack of creative drive.
My main strategy for curing it? Starting a new project.
Part of writer’s block, as I experience it, is lack of excitement. When you’ve been working on a project for a while, it loses the energy that drives you to push forward. It’s a kind of spark that gets my creative engine running; not just for this particular project, but for all the projects I’m working on. I don’t quite understand how it works, but it does, like some kind of bizarre writer miracle. I just need to build the momentum to get started on something new and exciting, and I can often channel that into both the new project and whatever I’m previously blocked on.
In the spirit of said rejuvenation, I’ve started a new project. It’s a concept I’ve had in my heart for over a year now, including pitching it for the pitch competition during RTA in LA at UCLA this summer, but I’ve never properly dug into outlining the pilot. So, I’ve now started! And I’m deeply enjoying what feels like pure creativity, exploring characters I’ve known for ages in new situations and seeing them, in my mind’s eye, finally interact with one another.
What do you do to fight writer’s block?