I didn’t think this was a question serious enough to merit a GQ thread … I hope this is the right place to put it.
I used to write. A lot. I submitted a manuscript to a major gaming corporation and was told “you obviously know how to write” by one of my idols; I printed the e-mail and am seriously thinking about having it framed I was a very creative person in my younger years and used to let all my creativity out by painting, playing music, and dancing as well as writing, but in recent years my ability to do the first three has declined and writing is all I have left.
Now, it’s been over a year since I’ve really written. I’ve done a few things - I played a game with some friends, where you’re given a list of “objectives” you must fulfill in 3000 words or less, but I don’t consider that real writing; it’s not like I’m being original or anything, I’m taking someone else’s ideas and fleshing them out with my character. Currently, I’ve found I can’t even do that much.
The last thing I wrote was on September 9th, 2001. In retrospect it was probably one of the best things I’ve ever written. It was a prologue to a novel I was planning on writing for a very dear friend of mine for his birthday. He got the prologue, but ever since I’ve been unable to write any further on the project, or on anything else that is patently my own. I have volumes of background and history and ideas out the wazoo, but no ability to sit down and put words upon paper or screen.
So I come to you Dopers and beg your help. What can I do to let all these ideas out? They’ve been building up in my head like garbage bags in the back of the understaffed restaurant I work at, and I am dying to get rid of them! I have no creative outlet and it’s driving me crazy! I can’t sleep more than 4 hours a night without being plagued by bizarre dreams that would probably make great stories only I can’t write them … gah!
puts on her best pitiful face