Writers Keep Writing!
You know how they say practice makes perfect? Well surprise surprise that holds true for writing as well! Ever feel when writing, RPing, or just trying to plot things that your muse isn’t cooperating or that the words just aren’t coming together? Ah… the infamous writer’s block, we know it well. Of course, we’re not the only ones that suffer from these blocks. Illustrators have their infamous artist’s block, and athletes hit the brick wall so to speak. All of these talents and skills have the same method to overcome them and I’d like to remind you all that same truth holds for writing as well and that trick is–
We all hope that our next piece is going to be the next literary classic, or that it will hit the big seller list title, be made into a movie, or even just strike us some internet fame as our words touch hearts and minds across the globe. Unfortunately, the reality is not everything we write is going to be our best work. Some things we write may be utter crap in our eyes, and it’s all to tempting to just hit the backspace key just a few centimetres away from us. We don’t have to spend the effort hitting undo forever like an artist, or getting back up onto our feet when we fall like an athlete does. For us, it’s easy to just sit in front of our screens and say ‘Nah man… my muse just isn’t working with me today’ or ‘I just can’t focus’. The important thing you need to remember is that you can’t let that stop you.
Illustrators will turn out hundreds of drawings that are just mediocre-ok, and only have a few pieces they feel are masterpieces and we need to do the same. Even if it’s not your best, even if you’re embarrassed to post it, write it anyways. Backing off and saying ‘not today’ won’t make your uncooperative muse runaway. Your words won’t magically start flowing one day unless you work with them and fight your way through that block.
Practice every day with your writing. Use different exercises such as drabble requests, fanfic writing, RPing, anything that will keep you writing and pushing that block right off the edge of a cliff. For several weeks I’ve been dealing with my own blocks and because I stayed determined and kept writing replies even though I felt they were crap I finally broke my own block today and turned out a 815 word reply. And it felt so good to have that moment back. I’m used to my words flowing naturally into huge replies that I look back at the end of going ‘how the fuck did I write all this over a 5 worded question from my RP partner?’
‘If you don’t use it, you lose it’. Any sport you ever play, any language or skill you learn your teachers and mentors will tell you this. Once more, the same goes for writing. If you haven’t done it for weeks on end, you will be rusty. Your vocab will slip away as it is essentially just language in the end. Your fingers will forget the melodic hum of keys as you fly from one word to the next and everything you try to write will just feel stiff and lacking in life.
So how do you get back into the swing of things if you have been away? The same way an artist picks up their pencil again. Open up your writing program and get cracking. Put on some music if it helps, think of something you’ve been wanting to write and go to town. No one’s going to judge what you write, just write it. You don’t have to post it, but you should anyways–because that’s only going to push that writing block further away from you by building your confidence. Don’t worry if it’s not the next Best Seller’s List contender, it’s your work and you’re practicing. That’s all writing is–it’s practice. Illustrators draw to practice their art, athletes practice their routines, and we write.
Keep writing… No matter what. Keep writing and you will break those blocks and rusty chains that have bound you.
Happy Fanfic Writer’s Appreciation Day everyone! I hope to see many more of you posting your work in the near future <3