I rambled about failing last week, how it is inevitable, and how it shouldn’t be feared. I hold firmly to that while saying: that doesn’t mean giving up. I am not. But I did, and still am, working through writer’s block. It happens. It cannot be ignored or assumed that it will never happen to you. It does. It’s ok. But it is hard to find what helps to work through it.
For me, I work on random writing projects. Sometimes just a page or two of an idea. Or something rather silly. Currently, I’m writing a vampire/werewolf piece. It’s not my genre (I’m a full blown fantasy/dystopian girl). So why? It’s cheating for me. The folklore and common knowledge of vampires and werewolves means I don’t have to build an insane new world to throw my characters in (not that I don’t love it, but I reserve that work for the projects I’m serious with). There are already excepted parameters to work within. In fact, I’d go so far as to recommend doing that if you are just starting out.
That’s what fanfiction offers. I started writing in fanfiction. The world is built, so you can focus on your style of storytelling, throwing in a new character to mingle with established. It’s a playground to grow. I will also support fanfiction for that purpose. It is a spring-board to creating your own world.
Now, I work with these silly stories, completely my own, and yes, there is a touch of world building I’ve thrown in there since I can’t help myself. In writer’s block, I have to get the muses going again, a jump-start if you will. Something less-serious (though I quite like these characters I’ve built for this project) helps tap into what was being blocked. It gets the fingers going, the characters talking (they tend to get jealous when you focus on something else), and suddenly you are back in the groove.
Granted, I’m not there yet. I think I still need to play in this weird writer’s block sandbox for a little while longer before I jump back into my epic fantasy (Turned/Red’s sequel is still figuring its voice out, but I’m almost there).
So, writer’s block, like failure, is inevitable, but doesn’t have to consume you. Experiment. Fiddle around with different techniques. Does it mean walking away from writing completely? Like crafting? Or painting? Or reading a book? Does it mean, like for myself, writing something completely different? Don’t give in to it. It will pass. Sometimes the writer’s block is longer than others. This one, for me, has been a long one, but I know it is almost over. And then I won’t be able to type fast enough.