For the first time since I began writing I'm suffering from a serious case of writer's block. It could not have come at a worse time as our analogue tv transmission was switched off yesterday and we haven't upgraded our tv or brought a set-top box, meaning we now have no tv. This feeling of being drained reminds me of the way I felt when I left teaching. I'm not liking anything that I write and finding it hard to come up with ideas, so I think this is a good indication that it's time to take a break and refresh.
Since I began writing seriously about 18 months ago I've had two full-length novels published and I've self-published four 15,000+ word novellas. I also have another 30,000 word suspense novella that I'm about to upload to Amazon, and on top of that I've got three novellas that are half finished and I've written a few short stories. I think I may have overdone it just a bit! Some people are amazingly prolific, but I'm not one of them and this pace has been a little too intense for me.
One of the things I find most frustrating about writing is the fact that I can't read while I'm working on something. I don't know why, but whenever I start to read a book it just makes me want to get back into my own writing. Maybe now is a good time to tackle some of the great novels in my TBR pile. Hopefully this will provide some inspiration and help me enjoy writing again because that's what it comes down to. Although I have dreams of fame and fortune, I'm realistic enough to know that writing will only ever be a hobby for me, and there's no point doing it when the joy is gone.
I'd be really interested in hearing about other's people's experience with writer's block and how you cope with it.
I'm sure this is how my long-suffering husband feels!