a case of writer’s overload

1176000_57367526I’ve been having one of those weeks.

It’s one of those weeks when words pile up on each other, and thoughts collide with thoughts.

It’s one of those weeks when it seems like there is so much to write about, and yet at the same time there isn’t anything to say.

It’s one of those weeks when I want to write, but everything is scrambled. I spend more time deleting what I wrote than actually writing it.

I don’t know what you’d call it. It isn’t so much writer’s block as writer’s overload. It makes my head spin and honestly, I get to feeling a little overrun with thinking on days like this.

There are only two things that ever help me get out of these major word jams: read a tried and true old book and take some time to walk it off, to feel the sunshine and to smell the roses, or in my case, the new daffodil blossoms!

Maybe it is strange that when I find myself feeling rather like a blank page and when I have no words at all, I turn to those same two things to pull my thoughts back again.

I guess it is my writer’s remedy that makes everything okay again. Perhaps because in a good book, I am challenged. When I wander out under trees and in quiet places, I feel closest to God, and the distractions of life and home and job fade away and I can listen and be still like no other place.

I doubt I’m the only one who suffers this opposite-of-writer’s block sort of thing.

so…What about you?

When you get overrun with too many words all at the same time, what do you do to put them back into their places?



  1. says

    I know exactly what you mean. There are so many times I’ve had so many things I’d like to write. . . . and no way to get them out cohesively without running and spilling over and around each other in a confused cascade, crashing in a mess at the bottom. The cure? FreeWrite! It’s where I’ll sit down, set a timer for however much time I have, and just write down every thought I have during that set amount of time. It’s amazing how cohesive and orderly something like that can be when it comes from a chaotic brain. Yes, there are distracted thoughts, but after a bit of editing, my FreeWrite works often turn into the more profound and deep things I’ve written.

  2. says

    Lists: That’s how I deal with it. I just start writing titles of thoughts, with bulleted lists beneath them. I currently have 5 or 6 partial posts in blogger that I’m all working on at once. I want to get the thoughts out NOW, but don’t seem to have the time or cohesiveness of thought to do so.

    I love the idea of curling up with an old favorite.

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