This is my second month participating in the Insecure Writers Support Group. Honestly if you don’t know who they are, check them out! I will get to the question of the month in a little bit but I wanted to talk about a problem I was having in January. Hopefully with a new month, it will sort itself out.
My problem is that I haven’t been able to write. Period. I finished two books at the end of 2019. I plotted and planned my next one. Granted not as extensively as the last book I finished, but when I sit down to write nothing comes out. I stare at my computer screen for hours. I tried writing by hand and just ended up ripping page after page from my notebook. Some words would come out but I couldn’t continue. I tried a dictation app for when I was walking, but still the story was stuck. And it’s only supposed to be a short one! It’s frustrating beyond belief.
I have had a lot of stressful things going on in my life and my day job has been draining. Is it possible that my energy well is dried up? What do you do to break the writer’s block? Any advice would be appreciated!
Now on to the question for Feb.
Q: Has a single photo or work of art ever inspired a story? What was it and did you finish it?
A: Honestly, no. I have never been inspired by a photo or work of art, which is too bad. I have an oil painting that I bought at Goodwill years ago when I was in college to hang in my apartment. It is an old barn that is set in the middle of a snow storm. It is my favorite painting I own. Maybe someday, I will use that as motivation for a story. Can’t you see it? A couple snowed in the barn. They have to snuggle together to keep warm. It could be quite romantic.
What about you? Have you ever been inspired by a work of art or a photo?