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When Things Are Not Working the Way You Want

Sometimes we meet road blocks in our life, forcing us to make decisions. I've been in such a position this week. My research has been challenging and I was eventually forced to take stock of how I have been spending my time. As I've spent two weeks failing to uncover any significant data I was becoming disillusioned. I consequently spent a couple of hours reviewing the situation, reflecting on my progress and eventually realising I needed to branch out in a different direction. So, thankfully, I met a hurdle but found a way round it. The research and writing project moves forward once again. I'm not one to give up when facing a challenge, especially a writing one. What do you do when your writing comes to a stand still?

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bestwriter wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:20 AM

Mine has. I was doing so well at iWriter and Wikinut but ever since I got hooked on to writings such as one sees at Bubbles, PP and myLot my serious writing ability has flown out of o the window. Even my blog is languishing emoticon :sad:

Paulie wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:23 AM

When my writing comes to a standstill, I will either quit or start over with a new approach.

valmnz wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:36 AM

Oh no, your blog was going so well. I hadn't realised you were at Wikinut.

valmnz wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:38 AM

Don't ever quit, Paulie , a new approach is far more rewarding.

bestwriter wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:39 AM

I so want to get back to my Blog and one of these days I surely will. I stopped writing for Wikinut long ago.

valmnz wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:41 AM

So did I. I wrote one piece earlier this year, but my heart wasn't in it.

Kath wrote on September 17, 2015, 2:59 AM

When one can't go over, through or under, around is definitely good! Glad to hear you are persevering!

Paulie wrote on September 17, 2015, 3:32 AM

You are correct. I remember the saying that "a winner never quits, and a quitter never wins."

Rufuszen wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:06 AM

I am far too lazy to worry about these things. I do abandon things when I think they are not working out, but keep them safe in case I later have a brainwave.

CoralLevang wrote on September 17, 2015, 6:30 AM

I take a break, kick the dog (oh, wait, I don't have a dog), and moan about things I cannot change, leave for awhile, come back, and reassess, and do that for 4-5 days. Then I make a decision about what it is I want, and figure a way to go after it with the new perspective.

Colibry21 wrote on September 17, 2015, 10:42 AM

When you reach a road block, sometimes its time to take a step back, and just reconsider things. Sometimes talking to someone may help. That person may be able to help you brainstorm.

Kasman wrote on September 17, 2015, 5:44 PM

I start commenting instead! emoticon :winking:

AliCanary wrote on September 18, 2015, 1:05 PM

It does happen; I think I would do more reading, so that I could be acquiring knowledge, and that would eventually result in my becoming inspired or seeing a clearer or alternate path, as you did.

paigea wrote on September 19, 2015, 1:57 PM

I am glad you found the way around your road block. Life is full of those moments though not just writing.

valmnz wrote on September 19, 2015, 6:19 PM

That's a wise decision. I'll still be using all my material, but in a way different from the original intention.

trufflehunter wrote on September 27, 2015, 10:30 AM

I've found that taking a step back and regrouping works generally. Speaking of writing I haven't been doing that for a while.

Bobbydem wrote on January 17, 2016, 6:44 PM

I'm with Kasman. I comment while I wait for inspiration.