Well people, I’ve finally foced myself to write another post on here. It’s been a while since I last put up a story, and there’s a reason for that; I HAVE NO MORE STORIES!!!

Not at the moment, at least.

I know;  I’m just as  shocked as you are. The simple fact is this: I’ve been missing something for my writing. My muse has been hiding from me recently, and simply will not reappear, despite my constant pleading, begging and offerings of cookies.  And so, without my muse, my writing has vanished to a little corner of my head where it is no longer within sight.

I’ve been doing a lot of planning, but most of those plans will just vanish into the mists of myth and legend, never to be brought forth into the world as fully-fledged stories. And this got me thinking: Why have I been planning things I won’t even write?

The honest answer, I think, is that it provides a suitable excuse for why that time was not spent writing. Is this a good enough answer? No! Not by any measure. Put basically, I have been applying what little creative effort I could muster into fruitless tasks that will lead me nowhere. Well, no more! I fully intend on devoting my creativity in places where it is worthwhile, either writing or planning pieces that will actually come to fruition.

Now, I’m not the only person who has suffered from this lament, I’m certain. I’m positive that there are other poor souls out there who, like me, sought an escape from the heady task of putting words to paper by pretending to plan. So, my input on the matter (small though it may be) is to do one of two things. When planning, ask yourself this: Is this plan going to end up as a story/novel/poem/screenplay etc…?

Think long and hard about that question, and your response should be one of two. If the answer is yes, devote yourself fully to the plan. Give it the time and attention it needs to create a working model for your piece. This is, in my experience, vital. More than one of my stories has become no more than a pile of crumpled paper in the bin as a result of lazy planning. So give your plan some attention.

If your answer was no, however, then stop! If your plan is not taking you anywhere, stop working on it immediately. Don’t throw it away, by any means. Keep it somewhere you can easily find it again, but put it out of sight for the moment. If you can say to yourself that your plan is not taking you where you want to go, now is not the time for that story. Move on. Find something else to write. Your creative efforts are best suited to things that play out, and a plan that’s going nowhere is simply a waste of time and effort. Keep it, and check in on it every now and again, and see if you can fix whatever issue you were having, but do not slug through something you feel is pointless.

Well, there you have it. I’ve had my nice little rant on my lack of productivity, have posted a new comment on my website, and have hopefully given some of you something to think about.

Not a bad day, in my opinion.

So, what about you? Have you been suffering a down period? How are you getting through it?