Words do not attach themselves to each other to create sentences. A writer puts one word after another for the expression of ideas, thoughts, and feelings. What happens when a writer fails to produce new pieces of writing, particularly fiction?
If you are a storywriter, you are likely engaged in producing novels or short stories. Perhaps you are writing a script for a movie or television series. Maybe you are writing a play for a theater. Whatever the goal may be, the process of writing fiction can lead to roadblocks. Most notably, a writer may drift into a state of mind that prevents the emergence of new ideas. What should a writer do, in that case?
As it is often said, truth is stranger than fiction. Whatever idea, story, or plot the mind may conceive, there is some reality that is more surprising, shocking, or touching than the work of fiction. So, the idea for any new work of fiction may have its roots in the realities of life. Something that the writer has seen, has experienced, or has heard may be the source of inspiration for any new work of fiction. Therefore, when a writer fails to find new ideas, it may be time to look at one’s own experiences in life or to look around and observe things happening around us to find the inspiration to write.
When a writer feels that the words are not flowing as intended, it is important to remember that words are like water. When you cannot be on a boat on a river, just sit on the shore and watch the river flow. When faced with a situation that blocks the creative spirit, just relax and read the works of other writers. Be patient, and the flames of inspiration will once again intensify.
Finally, when a writer is unable to write, due to stress, loss of energy or a sudden lack of enthusiasm, the best thing to do would be to not force oneself to write. A sword can only be picked up when the body is strong and the arms are capable of carrying the weight of the metal. When the soldier is weak, the sword will be useless. A pen is mightier than a sword. And therefore, when a writer feels that the mind is failing to conceive new ideas or put into words the ones that exist, it is best to leave the pen aside with the belief that this challenging situation is temporary. Once again, be patient and the strength to hold the pen and craft new products of fiction will return.
A writer is one who is blessed with the spirit to create. If there is a temporary lapse in the flow of ideas or if there is a sudden absence of energy and enthusiasm to write, one must not lose faith. One’s God-given ability to create and present works of fiction cannot be suppressed. A challenge is only temporary, and long-term success belongs to the one who is patient and persistent.