I’m nearly a third through the first draft of the lead novel of my post-apocalyptic series; writing “with the door closed” as they say. Everything is going great. The words are flying off my fingers, ideas flowing smoothly and best of all, I’m meeting my daily quota (most days). I’m pretty pleased with myself and then…
Everything comes to a screeching halt. No words flying, no ideas flowing…it all seizes up!
Just like that…
That was two days ago. I think I may have burned myself out a bit. The story’s still clear in my head and the ideas still fresh. I just can’t get them onto the screen.
I’m not panicking.
In fact, I’ve decided to take a little break and work on a short story for a change of pace. God knows, I’ve no shortage of ideas bubbling around in my head.
I just have one question. It’s a question I’ve asked myself ever since I started creating art or writing stories. WHY IS IT SO DAMN DIFFICULT?! Everything seems to go smoothly and then you hit a wall. I know I’m not alone in this. I’ve spoken to enough creative people to realize it happens to us all at one time or another. My solution for now is to work on something else…something totally different to stir the creative soup a bit.
I figure I’ll work on the short story for a week or so and then return to my post-apocalypse. After all, you can’t keep the end of the world on hold forever.
I’m interested to hear from other artists and writers. What do you do when you hit that creative brick wall?
Feel free to leave a comment and share your thoughts!!