Writer's Block compounded by Reader's Block

Saturday, September 22, 2012
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!

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2 comments:

  1. 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

  1. 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.