Some Days You Just Can’t

   Posted by: Faith   in Everything Else

There are a million ways to beat writer’s block. I often read those articles and nod my head, thinking “oh yes, I’ve done that, and maybe next time I’ll try that…”

But you know what? Sometimes we just have to suck it up and accept that we’re going to have the occasional day, or week, or couple of weeks (I’m trying to be optimistic and not go for ‘months’) where we just CAN’T think of any new ideas. We may have a deadline, or a themed issue to help clarify the idea, or seventeen magazines on topics we love and want to write for, and we still can’t come up with anything.

Yesterday I spent several hours attempting to brainstorm… I wrote character maps, used idea generators, drew cartoons, played the “what if…?” game… and still, nothing.

Eventually I had to admit that it just wasn’t my day.

And you know what? Sometimes that happens. And it’s okay. And you don’t need to beat yourself up about it.

Go have some ice cream and read a book, or take a walk instead. Enjoy the sunshine or the comfort of the couch without feeling [too] guilty (trying to be realistic, here). It’ll come to you eventually.

So why not enjoy life in the meantime?

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2 comments so far


This is why I have multiple projects going at the same time. If I get stumped on one, I’ll work on a short story or blog. But it is hard for me not to feel guilty when I don’t get my 1k a day!

May 11th, 2010 at 2:49 pm

And the funny thing is, I have multiple projects going on most of the time as well, but… sometimes the universe just conspires against you (or, I should say, me)… oh well! :)

May 20th, 2010 at 12:37 pm