Every creative person hits that infamous wall at some point – where your brain is drained and you find that no matter how hard you try you just can’t create. Sometimes you even lose the desire to create. So what’s a writer to do then? Continue reading
Or, how to write again after a long break.
Except, this post isn’t the normal helpful list of tips and tricks on how to get your writing schedule back on track. It’s actually the opposite: a plea for help.
Everyone who sets pen to paper or fingers to keyboard will agree writing at times is hard. Yet of all the arts, writers alone seem to suffer a strange affliction known as “Writer’s Block.”
“Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?” -Philip Pullman
Writer’s Block: What’s holding you back?
Writer John Maxwell uncovered 8 mistaken beliefs that keep us from reaching our potential. I believe these same villains are out to destroy our word count.
I get stuck quite often in my writing, but I don’t really like to think of it as ‘writer’s block’ – that sounds so much like something insurmountable, or something that you have no choice but to slowly grind down. All block-like and impenetrable.
Mostly when I get stuck, it feels like working my way through brambles – it is slow, and tricky, and sometimes I get poked with things I didn’t expect that hold me up even further. (Ouch!)
Fortunately, brambles are much easier to think and wriggle my way out of than proper, solid blocks are to break through.
Sometimes my first solution to writer’s bramble is to . . . well, walk away, if I can. To work on something else for a little while – a different scene, a different story, a different world. Whatever I think I can make progress on.
(It can definitely be a relief to move forward on something when I’ve been particularly stuck on a project for a while, too.)
As I’m writing this post I feel nearly obstacle-free in my creative writing pursuits… or about as close to that as the ‘real world’ ever lets me come. I feel ready to take on the world and work ‘til all hours of the morning and night, playing with words and creating magic through verse.
How can you not feel refreshed out in this?
In all honesty I do have an unfair advantage right now, having just returned from a two-day writing retreat in the middle of the Ozarks. Let me tell you, the lack of cell phone reception has never been so glorious. I feel refreshed, reenergized, and like the nature we surrounded ourselves with has refilled my creative pool.
But by the time this post is available to you, our readers, I’ll be bogged down once again in the unforgiving grind of an office day job, laundry, dishes, grocery shopping, and all of those other things life requires of me and yet I hate to do.
That’s when writing gets hard. Continue reading