When the World You Created Doesn’t Call to You Anymore

I have found writing fiction to be exhilarating and completely frustrating at the same time. Exhilarating, because I am inexplicably free to create whatever I can imagine, and frustrating for the very same reason. There are no guidelines I must follow, no one to tell me what is or isn’t possible; if I tell you I have a goat that can pick tomatoes, you better bring a bucket. Sometimes, however, the pressure to choose the “right” twist, setting, action, character, or dialogue can be crippling, and cause me to neglect the world I have created.

The more I write, the more I feel as if my characters are flesh and blood. Consequently, the more I desperately want to do them justice, and give them the best story possible. Lately, my novel has been at somewhat of a stand still. It could partially be contributed to the new presence of freelance work, but more so to the crippling fear of failing my characters and killing the story, which has become so dear to my heart.

Just a few weeks ago, I was immersed in my fictional world almost as much as the physical. I would feel the hum drum of office life, and bills, and be overtaken by the impulse to leave this realm for one of my own creation. What changed? I began to second guess my writing thus far, and froze in fear of ruining the future for my heroine and her pals. I haven’t felt the pull to write again at all lately, and it scares me. So I have been putting my nose to the grind stone, as they say, and trying to fall back in love with what I have made.

Here are 3 simple steps that have worked for me when the world I created didn’t call to me anymore:

Read Something You LOVE

I am never more inspired to write than when I have read a particularly wonderful novel. Let yourself be lured into someone else’s world, and I believe you will find yourself revisiting your own.

Write About a Place Within Your World That You Have Never Written About Before

When we write, we tend to centralize the setting. Think about it, home, work or school, and in between. (Not including the adventure) Other than exactly where our antagonist resides, we don’t really explore the worlds we create very much. So take a trip and travel. Your main character doesn’t even have to be there. If your world is set in the past, let’s say an old western town, take a trip and explore the big cities of your world. This step worked WONDERS for me. I also gained a deeper understanding of my creation in its entirety.

Pick a Scene You Aren’t in Love With and Write a Couple of Alternatives to It

One thing that will hold me up every time is not being totally in love with a scene I just wrote. I will wonder if I will weaken my entire story to build off of it, thus, leaving me at a halt. I recently began going back and reading scenes I wasn’t completely satisfied with, and writing something really different to (perhaps) replace it. Some I ended up tossing, but I got some really good stuff out of this exercise.

 

Thank you so much for reading! I would love to hear about your favorite writing techniques/ exercises to get your creative juices flowing! Feel free to email me at michelleltaylor94@gmail.com

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Peace, Love, & Literature.

Michelle L. Taylor

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23 thoughts on “When the World You Created Doesn’t Call to You Anymore

  1. Great advice!! I have to say, from what you wrote here it seems you wanted to be in your “created world” until you started second guessing yourself. Isn’t that always the writers dilemma? Lol. Give yourself a break. Your world is unique and riveting and special because it’s YOURS. People will read it to read what YOU wrote. If you second guess it and change it then you’re robbing it of its uniqueness and your readers of their want for YOUR creativity. We all get our own creativity for a reason, to use it šŸ™‚ I hope this gets better for you. Good luck and thank you for the great pointers!

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  2. I’m currently in a writing slump and coincidentally I also write fictional stories because yep, no limit as to what I can write. These are great advice by the way, as I’m also having trouble diving back into the world I created. My usual remedy when I can’t seem to continue writing? I just recite on my mind: “If I won’t believe on myself, who would?”

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  3. i’m not really a writer but i can totally relate to your statement about second-guessing my own writing. i feel that a lot of times as far as my blog is concerned. granted that it’s a personal blog, still there are times when i find myself holding back, sometimes out of protecting my privacy and sometimes out of fear for what other people might think. and so i end up not writing for days until the days turn to weeks and i have to mentally bitch-slap myself and remind myself why i started writing in the first place.

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    1. It is ironic isn’t it? We write to be free, and for whatever reason, we end up confining our selves by our own expectations or fears. We can be our own harshest critics! Thank you for reading and best of luck in all of your writing adventures!!

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  4. Love the trick of trying a new setting! That always works for me. The process becomes exciting again. I learn about a new world along with my main character

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  5. I appreciate your writing tips. It’s food for thought. I enjoy blogging, especially when I read the comments. Comments encourgae me to continue my writing pleasure. Thank you for sharing your writings

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