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The I Can't Write Because I've Got The Blues Blues

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XanderesqueMan



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So seven months ago my fiance broke up with me and I haven't been able to write anything beyond a few sentences of drivel since then. I'm duly depressed at the loss of my girl and my muse all at the same time (yes, I understand this isn't likely a coincidence. Shh. I'm funnier when you don't question me. I promise.) and so the obvious question becomes - has anyone else ever had a similar problem, losing their words due to mental state and if so did it sort itselfl out with time, money (maybe to pay a shrink?), did you just keep trying to write until -poof- you could again or are you just a writer groupie now?

I've been dumped before (it's not an uncommon experience for me - only as uncommon as my ability to date someone to begin with which I guess is pretty uncommon in retrospect) but I've never been so utterly screwed up by it to the point where I couldn't even do the one thing I'm actually good at (okay, maybe I'm just not bad. But still, that's more than I can say about anything else I can do.) I'm sure part of it is depression (boy, do I have some of that) and part of it is a loss of confidence in myself (not that I had a lot of that to begin with.) But I've only ever been able to solve regular writer's block with time and patience and neither of those has helped on this one so I thought I'd ask for advice. Newbie-ish as asking about how to get over an inability to write makes me feel.

I Was Never Here. And Please Return My Wallet If You Find It,
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zendao42



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Not sure if this slacker can help you with the writing thing,
but as for being depressed after a messy break-up...

YOU NEED:
Good friends
Chocolate (cocoa works)
Potato chips (good for any kind of depression)
Loud, obnoxious music (NO sappy love songs!)
Time (eh, 7 months might be enough)

But most important of all, GO OUT & GET LAID!
It doesn't have to be good sex-
just something to get you back on the horse, as it were-
in fact, if it's appallingly bad, it may give you something to write about!
Just take my word for that, I had a tedious encounter on New Year's...

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Amigo



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Re: The I Can't Write Because I've Got The Blues Blues  Reply with quote  

XanderesqueMan wrote:
[...]But I've only ever been able to solve regular writer's block with time and patience and neither of those has helped on this one so I thought I'd ask for advice. Newbie-ish as asking about how to get over an inability to write makes me feel.

I Was Never Here. And Please Return My Wallet If You Find It,
Ryan


XanderesqueMan, I've heard it said that you should write about what you know best, and have experienced, because it gives the writing the feel of authenticity.

Based on the cleverness of your post, I think you show real promise. Why not write about all those "rejections," "dumpings," and "dating problems?" It would certainly be authentic, could probably be very funny, and might even be therapeutic. Wink

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LostInWalmart



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What's the problem?

You have a plot: dumped by fiance...must get on with life
You have a relatable/sympathetic protagonist: you
You proabably have a villain: her? her parents? The Man?
You have honest emotions to attach to real characters.

You need a starting sentence, then go. How about...

"One minute I was asking where Aunt Millie should go, and the next my heart was splattered all over our seating chart."

or

"The pounding in my shredded heart was drowned out only by the squealing of her tires."

or

"Finally the bitch was gone, I could dust off my vast collection of girl-on-girl asian midget porn. Victory was mine! <evil laugh>."

Just, you know, brainstorming. Just start.

B

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