Screenwriting : Has anyone had trouble writing after a serious illness or injury? by D.G. Mancini

D.G. Mancini

Has anyone had trouble writing after a serious illness or injury?

I spent over a month in the hospital during the holidays after a car accident and I've found it difficult to focus and write. Has anyone else encountered this and what did you do to conquer it? Thanks in advance!

Cherie Grant

Yes, when i got out of hospital three years ago it took me 6 months to get back into writing. It had just taken the puff out of me. It comes back sooner or later.

F Wheeler

Stephen King has spoken a lot about having a serious accident and returning to writing, might want to look up old interviews he's done.

William Martell

When we write we are the "instrument" (the machine that creates the work), so if we are experiencing problems that will make it more difficult to write. The machine needs repairs before it works at 100 percent. Usually it's the emotional problems that cause the problems; and even though you may think the car accident just caused physical problems there may be emotional problems lurking below the surface. Or above the surface. That's going to take some time. You might try writing things that "don't matter". Takes the pressure off. It can be a journal or write about movies or books or going to the park or whatever. Things that don't matter. But if that also doesn't work, just take some time off.

D.G. Mancini

Thank you everyone!

Cherie Grant

that's a bit in poor taste dude.

CJ Walley

D.G, perhaps take the pressure off writing by not facing a blank sheet of paper and trying to write prose. Maybe just make lots of short notes and start compiling them together. Self doubt will hold you back more than anything else. You can do it, dude :)

Debbie Croysdale

I think CJ has a point. Get a rough book (for bedside or chairside). Jot your thoughts at times of inspiration, even if very small attempts. A separate bead....along a string. As you recover, add more and more, and start to tie them together. "Testing" yourself to go full on writing during recovery will exhaust flat batteries! Best Wishes.

CJ Walley

Yes a notebook is great if that's what works for you. Be sure to photography the pages now and then to keep the ideas safe. There's also many great notes apps for smartphones now which interface with software on desktop computers. Works great for organising all those ideas into something more substantial. Basically you need to get the imagination sparking and keep room for new ideas. That's the key to writing, being free to dream.

Cherie Grant

Do what most writers do and carry a notebook with you at all times and keep on by your bedside for random thoughts. Start of small and step by step back to recovery. And don't be too hard on yourself. it will return.

D.G. Mancini

Thanks everyone! The suggestions posted have given me an idea! Thanks again!

D.G. Mancini

The idea has grown into action. I have made a 4' x 12' whiteboard for my home office. Get it out of my head and onto a space where I can work with it! Thanks everyone!

CJ Walley

Delighted to read that, D.G! Onwards and upwards :)

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