Over the last few days, I was blocked from writing. It was the weirdest thing: I had absolutely no motivation to work on my third draft. At first I thought this was just procrastinating, putting it off a bit because the deadline’s coming soon. But every time I tried sitting down with the piece, the words wouldn’t come.
I’ve never experienced anything like this before. I hesitate to call what happened “writer’s block,” but that’s the best term I have for it. I’ve always pictured writer’s block as more of a blockage over the blank page. Having two drafts already written on this project, I didn’t think I could get blocked like that. But then, somehow, I did. I felt like a bit of a failure; when I was asked how the writing was going, all I could honestly say was “It isn’t.”
Luckily, this sad state of affairs didn’t last very long; I managed to work past what was blocking me. I think some of the planning I needed to do was most of the problem, as after I figured out what my Gelfling village should look like (and one house in particular), I felt like I could write again. And even more importantly, I actually could; today I managed to fix up one big chunk of my story (I think it was around 1,500 words).
So hopefully this was just a minor bump in the road to finishing my Author Quest story!
3 responses to “(Writer’s) Block”
I’d call this a nasty case of ‘the third draft blues’.
I’ve never heard of such a thing before. Have you had this happen to you?
It’s a complex completely made-up by myself. I’ve experienced the second draft blues (re-writing parts of the draft without a thought to draw from in my head), so I would imagine it gets even worse with the third.