It's not uncommon for me to get writer's block (It's more like writer's dam, but whatever.), and I like to write in a way I've been calling "organic" for a long, long time: if the words aren't coming to me naturally, I'm not going to force them and end up with writing I think is mediocre or sub-par. And that's okay. I prefer to write this way, and it's always worked for me, even if it takes me longer to write something than if I would have forced the words onto paper (or Word document).
All was going good and well, that is until I started writing horror...
I signed up to be a part of a really awesome event called The Stanley Hotel Writers' Retreat last October, hosted at one of the horror fans' Seven Wonders of a the world: the very hotel where horror god Stephen King got inspiration to write one of his earliest (and best) novels, The Shining. I signed up for this event with only young adult writing under my belt, though it is technically a horror writes' retreat. Of course, I thought, "I can do this. I love horror! Why couldn't I write it?"
And then everything fell apart. I came up with three pretty solid ideas, though only one of them was
|My face when the writer's block set in.|
And nothing got done.
As the months flew by and I came closer and closer to thinking I might have to throw in the towel on horror forever (dramatic, I know...), something snapped inside of me. I realized I was spending too much time trying to write "real horror," and not enough time writing whatever the hell I wanted to be writing. I had gotten away from what, in my opinion, makes me love writing, and that's writing what I feel I should be, not what I think other people expect from me.
|Seriously, this was better than the stuff I was writing.|
You may be wondering, "Why is he telling us this? What's the point?" And the point is, WRITE FOR YOU. Don't write what you think you're supposed to write or what you think you should be writing if it's not something you want to be writing. If you take on writing a new genre, and it's just not for you, STOP. If you take on writing a new genre, and you need to tweak it up a big, then DO THAT!
You are your own best ally and worst enemy, so do what you know is best for you.