Writer's Block?

All throughout NaNoWriMo, I cruised along with my novel, all the while thinking of the world I set aside in The Girl in the Glass Coffin (my NaNo 2013 novel) that I was still revising. I tried to not think of the characters in TGGC and that world, but it was difficult for me.

Now that I can actually jump back into that world, I’m struggling.

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I have a first and second draft that I’m working from, but in order to make it a fuller, more developed novel, I’m adding scenes and chapters. I have ideas, but they don’t seem to be forming at such a positive rate as I was hoping they would as I was writing my 2014 NaNo novel.

In fact, I’m kind of at a stand-still.

In the year that I have been working on this novel, I have never felt blocked, or rather uninspired.

Right now, I really want to be writing. I really want to continue, but it feels like every word that I type to progress the story forward is complete shit. It might be that I am completely distracted with the holiday season and my day job, but I feel like this story will never be finished.

Is this something that all writers feel at one point or another?

What have you done when writers block has hit you hard mid-novel?

I really don’t want to set this aside for another month or so, since I really haven’t done much work on it since October.

My critique partner, Megan is amazing. She and I have talked every single day, even when neither of us have written, and are trying to push one another forward. She gives me suggestions that I take and try to work into my novel.

But I’ve come to realize that I might need yet another set of eyes to look over what I have so far in my novel.

Should I get a second critique partner while I am still writing/revising?

I’m hesitant to put myself out there on somewhere like Critique Circle. I’m still very new to this CP thing and am an unpublished author as of right now. I need someone I can trust to give me their honest opinion and help me in those areas that are lagging along.

My poor little crappy novel needs help— and lots of it.

 

0 thoughts on “Writer's Block?

  1. alexinbookland says:

    I can’t imagine how difficult it is for you write now as I’ve never really hit a writing block so far into a writing process =/ I really hope it does pass soon!
    As for critique partners. They say it’s better to have 3 or 4 beta/critique partners and work in a group rather than a pair, especially because everyone is different and each person will be able to find something to improve or that they love that maybe (if you only had one other person) the first person wouldn’t spot. But of course finding people you can work with and trust is the most important thing.

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      Thanks for the advice and feedback! It’s been rough to have a block when I am 16 chapters into revisions. I am looking for another critique partner or two, to help make my writing stronger, and maybe they can help give me ideas when I get stuck or when I can’t decide between two different events. My current CP has been an amazing help with that part of things.

  2. acps927 says:

    I think you’re extremely fortunate to not have felt writer’s block on your project for a year! I feel like I’m always struggling! I don’t have any advice, except to keep pushing! It is normal!

    • amandasnoseinabook says:

      I am trying to push forward! Hopefully after the holidays are over, there will be far less distraction and I can sit down and organize the rest of my novel using previous drafts and notes for new scenes and chapters.

      Thanks for the encouragement!

  3. creativityinthebox says:

    I find that writing fanfiction of my own stories can really help. I then tend to develop the fanfiction into an independent novel that runs away with itself, but it’s nice being able to play around in the background of the novel that only fanfiction can really explore. It’s a good way to connect with your characters more, stuff like that.

  4. dianatierney3 says:

    I just picked my novel back up after my nanowrimo effort fizzled out. I only made it halfway but i am itching to pick up draft 2 and keep running. If you want another set of eyes i would love to help. I could always use another set for my work. 🙂

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