Heisui’s Thoughts: Drama-blogging Writer’s Block
^Koyuki as Aiko from the 2014 spring jdrama, The Long Goodbye. Coincidentally, I’m having a writer’s block on my review for this drama. Yippee.
If you read some of my Heisui’s Thoughts from the beginning of this year, you may have known that I encountered a major drama slump. I just couldn’t find a drama that I could get emotionally invested in. There was something missing from the dramas I tried to watch. Even when I sort of emerged from the drama slump with the 2014 spring jdrama season, even then, there wasn’t really a show that I was completely enamored by. (Although The Long Goodbye charmed me a lot!) On top of that, I had school during the winter and spring drama seasons, so I didn’t have as much time to devote to blogging & watching dramas. At that point, I never considered that I had a writer’s block since I didn’t have too many dramas to watch/write about anyways.
But now, it’s the summer 2014 season. I’m free to watch plenty of dramas and to write as much as I want. And yet ironically, this is also when it hit me that I! HAVE! A WRITER’S! BLOCK! NUUUUUUU!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s not that I’m not watching any dramas at all; in fact I have been catching up a lot and I even completed 3 jdramas in the spring season. So it’s not that I don’t have anything to write about. In fact lately I have been trying over and over again to write about a couple dramas that I MUST review. These are dramas that I feel I need to do justice to because they were THAT good. But the words are not coming out right. I have written (and deleted) draft upon draft of reviews for these 2 dramas and I still don’t feel much closer to completing them.
Only this week did I realize, that this is a writer’s block. X_X I mentioned in my drama slump post that my drama slump actually wasn’t too bad. I didn’t feel horrible about it because I figured I could wait it out. On the other hand, this writer’s block is horrible. *RUNS AWAY TO GO CRY IN THE CORNER* (I’m just being overdramatic 😛 ) It’s frustrating for me because I really want to write, but something just isn’t working at the moment. >_<
Symptoms of the drama blogger’s block
- Writing several drafts and deleting all of them
- Taking weeks to write one post
- Not making much progress on drafts
- Not having anything to say about a drama
- Telling yourself you will finish a post TODAY but you end up not being able to
- Wanting to write/having a general idea of what you want to say..but when you try to write it, it doesn’t work
- Feeling like you can’t move on to other dramas until you finish the reviews for the dramas you completed
- Distracting yourself by watching other dramas, etc.
Solutions to the drama blogger’s block
- Don’t force yourself to write. I need to take my own advice (LOL) because I’ve been trying to do exactly this the last couple weeks and it got me nowhere.
- If you’re stuck on a post, wait until the next day to start working on it again. A good night’s sleep will help you have a new perspective on things.
- Try the brain-storm strategy. I usually don’t brainstorm, I just visualize the general structure of my post and then I go from there. Sometimes a simple brain-storm can help though.
- Write about new things instead. i.e. Instead of forcing myself to write about those 2 dramas I want to review, I am writing this post about my writer’s block. 😉
- Don’t get stuck rewatching scenes from the drama you’re trying to write about. (I don’t know if other people do this, but sometimes I rewatch scenes to try to get ideas of what to write about. =_= It’s not working at the moment.) Move on to starting another drama instead.
So, are any of you experiencing the same writer’s block? For those who aren’t bloggers, are you having trouble finding a drama that really makes you think & want to discuss?