I have this problem quite frequently. Sometimes I’m really inspired, and the words flow freely through my pen. Well, metaphorically speaking since I type my stories out on a keyboard XD Other times, it feels like I have to pull each word out of my mind, a painstaking process.
Right now I’m working on a short story, and the first third to half of it I wrote pretty fast. The other parts of it are just being really difficult. The problem is that you can’t create inspiration. You can’t make up something that doesn’t exist. So I write, and rewrite, and rewrite, hoping to find that spark again. Sometimes reading helps me think of my own story in a new light. The problem is that this is a short story, so word choice really matters. I know the story. I have no problem coming up with that, but turning a scene with two people under a starry night into a magical moment that matches the thoughts in my head is the tough part. Although it can’t be too magical because I’m trying to keep this story rated PG XD The other issue is not writing awkward or purple prose, which is sometimes worse than writing nothing at all. It’s coming along better today than it was yesterday.
Also, I changed Bella’s name to Emma because my friend made me realize I was coming dangerously close to describing Bella from Twilight XD I saw this female character as having pale skin for some reason, and dark hair. I’ve never read Twilight, so I didn’t make the connection until my friend told me. Well, it’s blonde now. The pale skin was more important to me than the haircolor. And I still have no idea what I’m going to title this suicide story. Dandelions are prevalent throughout, but Flowers for ________ sounds way too similar to the title of the short story, “Flowers For Algernon.” I’m bad at coming up with titles.
If anyone would like to share, what do you do when the inspiration disappears?