Writer’s Clog

I’ve been sitting here for hours, trying to write.

It’s not that I don’t have ideas. It’s that I have too many. I have a growing list of ideas that I’ve been toting around, and frankly I’m in love with them all. I have characters and plots climbing all over each other in my brain, and it’s like I’ve gone into creative overload and just shut down.

I can’t seem to focus on one single idea, so my brain has decided to strike and not create anything.

I’ve been staring at a blank screen since dinnertime, and all I’ve managed so far is six open tabs with snippets of six different stories.

The popular notion of writer’s block is that the writer is blank, unable to come up with anything to write. So what is it called when you have so many competing ideas that they get jammed on their way to your fingers? Writer’s clog?

I know, I should be thankful for the ideas I have. I am. But in its own way, writer’s clog is just as frustrating as writer’s block. I want to do everything, but instead I’m producing nothing.

Ever had this happen?

5 thoughts on “Writer’s Clog

  • That happens to me all of the time.

    The answer? (At least for me.) Sit down, and start writing the first thing that comes to you.

    Don’t worry about story, plot, or what you’re going to ultimately do with what you’re writing down. Just write it.

    Chances are it’ll help. ;D

    Just my 2.5 cents.

  • Yep, I’ve had this happen to me too. It’s aggravating. There are so many thoughts, and all you want is one to come close. I’ve realized that I work well with triggers, or something to loosen one of the thoughts in my head. For me, the trigger can be a picture, a song, a person. It just depends on what piece I’m trying to get loose. πŸ™‚

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