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Writer's Block compounded by Reader's Block

I haven't written even a paragraph of my book in over a week.  The wind has been taken from my sails and I just can't get my momentium back.  I'm feeling a disconnect from part of my inspiration for the book as of late and I'm finding it hard to get back to a good place with it.  I've tried to find some resolve, but to no avail.  The problem is, I know if I don't get my inspiration back, the writing will suffer, the story will be flat and lack emotion so until I can get back to that place, I know I won't write.
I am also going through 'readers block'. Every book I pick up seems boring, I’ve made it to page ten or twenty of about a dozen books.  I pick up a book and can't concentrate.  I read a page and find myself going back over it because I stopped paying attention half way down. This happens every once in a while when either I've read too many books in a row or after I've read a book I loved.  It's hard to move on to the next because I want that connection; I want to know the charaters and not have to start fresh with new ones.  I read a book like that recently (When You Were Older by Catherine Ryan Hyde), but this feeling has been compounded by the fact that I read a book I hated directly after it (We need to talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver, which I wouldn't have done if I didn't have to read it for book club).
When this happens, my television watching increases and breaking out of the cycle seems hopeless and I satrt thinking, 'If only I could find that one book that will take me out of this', as I throw yet another barely started book onto the the stack of barely started books stitting on the coffee table. They can be perfectly good books that I could end up loving at another point, but when I have reader's block, I just can't get into them. 
I'm getting fed up with watching crap TV when my son is in bed and being stuck with children's programs when he's home.  I am in desprate need of a good book and hope I find one soon!

Comments

genhorrall said…
I hate when this happens. I am actually going through this right now. I am not writing a book, but I have a couple of blogs that I write and I just cannot get back into it either. Sad thing is that my blogging is my business. I also have a brand new book that I recently got that I have wanted to read for over year now, but I just cannot seem to pick it up. Sad thing is I know why, but getting out of my funk seems to be a bit harder than I thought it would be. Thanks for sharing. At least I know that I am not the only one. =D
Erren said…
Thanks for the comment! Sometimes thinking too much about getting out of our funk, makes our funk last longer! Try not to think too much about it! Give yourself a break and relax. It will come to you.

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