Word Slump

Over the last five days, I’ve experienced what I like to call a ‘word slump’. This isn’t writer’s block… No, I know exactly where the story is headed. I even know how I have to start the next scene.

But I just can’t find the motivation to get there.

It’s not because I don’t like the story, or I’m bored of it… I’m just lacking the motivation to open the word document and face it. I don’t know why. And please feel free to tell me in the comments if you’ve had something like this or you know what could possibly be causing it. A lot of people have told me to take a break… but five days is getting a bit excessive and I can’t really afford to keep this up with my current release date.

I love the series that it’s in, and it’s making me a little sad because I was really looking forward to writing this book, and I love it 99% of the time. But lately I feel like that 1% has just completely taken over and I can’t face it at the moment.

Any help or advice would be truly appreciated. Techniques someone has used to get rid of it maybe?

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2 comments on “Word Slump
  1. DebE says:

    I think that just happens when writing becomes like work…
    Not having enough “switch off” time would have something to do with it, too, I imagine. Sometimes you just have to get away from other people… go for a walk, have a bath… And try not to force yourself to think of your writing, let it come naturally, like when it was “just a hobby” (she says, wondering why she doesn’t take her own advice… oh, right, self-impose deadlines…).

  2. Eleomer says:

    Oh, this EXACTLY what I feel like, except it’s been going on for months now!!
    Maybe I’m just a big wuss, but I can’t myself to face my story, or even look at it! And I do love my story!
    But I just can’t.
    Some days I feel depressed about it, even after so many people liked it on Jottify, but after the one person who means more to me than anyone in the world stopped reading it, I just don’t want to look at it anymore, and I do keep feeling like nobody cares about it. Everyone else who promised to read it at one point or another hasn’t done so, and I just keep waffling between the feeling that nobody cares and that myself don’t care.

    I think Debbie is right. Not enough “switch off” time. I still keep reading things for people, even though I’d actually like to just take a break and do my own thing.

    I know I’m months late for the party, but I hope you got over your word slump in the meantime!

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