When You Can’t Write…

I’m sure every writer out there has had a day when they thought this: Ugh, I am fresh out of ideas. I’m stuck in all my WIPs(Work-In-Progress) and I don’t know what to write. What do you do when you can’t write?! Sometimes that happens even when you want to write. 

Fear not, fellow earthlings! There are ways to combat this feeling. (some people call it writer’s block.[if Calvin and Hobbes wasn’t copyrighted, I’d have put up a picture of the one where Calvin is standing beside a cement block telling Hobbes, “It’s a writer’s block! You put it on your desk and you can’t write anymore!”])

First way: Just write. You don’t know what to write about, so just write about the lamp beside you, and how much greener the shade looks when you turn it on than when it’s off. *shrug* If all else fails to come to mind, write about the wall. If you absolutely can’t write at all, take a look at my next idea.

Method number two: Take a break. Yep. It’s that easy. Instead of slaving away to write one word that doesn’t add to your story, hop up and do something new! I’d suggest that you make it relaxing, refreshing, and something that you like to do. Go for a walk, listen to music, drink tea, have a chat with a friend.

Method two and a half: READ. To me it’s very relaxing, refreshing, and something I like to do. Grab a book, settle into a chair, and read. Who knows what may happen? You could get transported into another world, another life. What’s more, it lets you rest your tired brain by filling it up with stories other than the ones you’re stuck on. By reading what other people have written, you can gather ideas for what you’re writing. I recommend choosing a book similar to whatever you’re writing. You’ll see how someone else has done what you’re trying to do, and it may just give you ideas on getting unstuck. (The idea, mind you, is not to copy people, but to think of ways you can do it differently. Or by picking out things you liked, you can think on how to make your story likable as well.)

So there you have it. When you can’t write, keep plugging on or take a bit of a break to recharge and get inspired. What do you do when you feel that you can’t write?

Write Your Story

This is a wonderful song. It’s especially wonderful because it likens our hearts to books and God as the writer of our stories. I love songs like that. The video doesn’t have anything super interesting on the screen, so make sure to listen carefully.

And the Moral of the Story is…

Is there a moral or a lesson to be found in every piece of writing? I think there is, for the most part. Whether or not the author deliberately included a lesson, it’s possible for the reader to get something out of it.

For instance, a few weeks ago I read a short story and complimented the author on their great moral. They replied that they hadn’t been thinking of a moral and wanted to know what moral I thought the story contained.

It’s much easier to write a story for no particular reason, purely for the sake of writing and imagination than to plan out a lesson to be learned through it. After all, someone could still find a moral in it whether you put one in or not. But what is writing if it doesn’t have a specific purpose, a little gem of truth or advice for the reader to discover and hide away?

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Writing should have purpose. Just like a novel needs a story goal, a writer needs an aim of what they want to tell their audience. Readers read to get a story. They thirst for a journey that can take them away from their chair and into the vast world of imagination. It’s a writer’s job to give their readers that journey. But it’s also a writer’s job to teach their reader something.

Teach them of how deep love goes, how forgiveness sets you free, how hate tears you apart. There are endless lessons to be taught through books. Whether they know it or not, a reader will take it in. Whether they carry it out or not is their own choice. An author should give their audience that choice.