Have I lost my love for writing? // Living as an artist

If you want to read more about what exactly the Living as an Artist-challenge is, you can read my original blog post on it here!

I was twelve years old when I first discovered my love for writing. I’d just come home from seeing twilight at the cinema and wanted more of that story. A whole new world opened up for me when I discovered fanfiction.

From that moment on, I wrote stories. Not just fanfiction (though 90 percent of what I wrote was just that) but also my own stories, with characters that existed nowhere else except for in my head.

Some of that fanfiction can still be found floating around on the internet. In 2017, I even self-published a short story on Amazon with some of these characters.

Fast forward to 2019. This year, I haven’t written a single word of fiction. I still write – articles on this blog and thoughts and feelings in a way that can be best described as “insta-poetry”.

This month was supposed to force me to dive back into the world of writing fiction, even if it was just a short story. Every time I sat down, though, I felt stuck. Writing doesn’t feel the way it used to feel. I used to be able to see the characters move and hear them talk. It was like watching a story unfold in my head that only needed to be written down.

So have I lost my love for writing? Or am I just stuck in a temporary dry-spell that will get better? Only time will tell. I can definitely say that I’ve completely and utterly failed at this month’s challenge.

Here’s to hoping next month is better.

10 Comments

  1. coffeechaosdryshampoo
    17 December 2019 / 12:45 am

    I have felt this way too. I use to love creative writing and then I started writing news articles more and creative pieces less. Then by the time I reached adulthood and started a career in corporate America, my writing consisted of neatly organized business speak mixed with pleasantries. I’m now getting back into my flow, even though I haven’t picked up creative writing again I’m hoping to soon. Gook luck and try again! 🙂

  2. 9 December 2019 / 7:42 pm

    You are probably having a writer’s block and you should try to look for inspirations in everywhere you go. Just keep holding on and going forward, i’m sure you’ll get back on track soon.

  3. 9 December 2019 / 3:16 am

    I’ve felt this way regularly. It will pass!

  4. Sarah Emery
    7 December 2019 / 7:07 am

    I hope your writer’s block will soon come to an end. Creators can hit a wall, at times. Hopefully time and inspiration will put you back onto your creative path.

  5. 7 December 2019 / 2:52 am

    Writer’s block is such a pain. I think the problem is that it goes from a passion to a chore once you try to commit to writing. Maybe try looking for some writing prompts. Or start a journal and just jot down your daily stories.

  6. Erin
    6 December 2019 / 4:46 pm

    I know the feeling – I often go through spells of not feeling motivated or creative enough to write. I wouldn’t worry too much – I’m sure you’ll feel inspired again soon.

  7. 26 November 2019 / 1:26 pm

    Writersblock ?

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