Once in a while I end up with the GMing equivalent of writer’s block. Currently I’m in that situation, as after about a month or so of not gaming on weekends I’ve lost steam and I’m struggling to come up with a good game pitch that will excite both myself and my players. I’m annoyed, admittedly, and I know that this isn’t just burnout, but a real sort of writer’s block that affects my ability to come up with something interesting.
I’m still a big supporter of the hobby, and I still buy books (Champions Complete, I’m looking at you!) but for the most part thinking of a campaign feels strained, unsatisfying and ultimately frustrating.
That said there ought to be something I can do about it. Some of the usual solutions for Writer’s Block in general include stepping away from the work and getting some fresh air or immersing oneself in other media like reading a book or watching a movie or even listening to some music. I’ve been very busy at work at the moment so indulging in such is a little bit of a difficulty but who knows, it might work, so I’m giving it a chance for the moment.
At this point, I don’t even know what genre I want to run. I know I still have an obligation to run Sci-Fi at least once, and maybe Fantasy again that isn’t L5R to try and spread my experience across more than just the World of Darkness and Pulp eras. I’m also looking to try Supers again but I can’t really think of a good premise.
I think I’ve rambled on for too long. What about you guys? What do you do to deal with writer’s block?