Writer’s Block

Writer’s Block. I bet everyone out there has an opinion or a story of a time when they sat at their computer or with pen and bad in hand and nothing came out. Some of the great writers even say that Writer’s Block doesn’t exist, though these are the blessed few who enjoy the warm gaze of the Lord over their shoulder every time they touch a pen. These types no doubt enjoy divine inspiration even while signing a check.

In the past, I definitely felt as though I had experienced Writer’s Block, and the panic that sets in when you want to write but just have nothing to say. I wonder, though, if the pros were on to something. In those instances where I didn’t feel inspired, maybe I just gave up too soon? After all, it’s much easier to sit down in front of the television rather than struggle with expressing myself with the written word.

Ever since I started this blog and got serious about my writing, I am happy to say I haven’t experienced Writer’s Block. I have found that if I think about a problem long enough, I usually come up with the solution. That is what writing is to me: problem solving. How does the story move from point a to point z? In fact, I find that if I present my characters with an interesting problem, that is a great springboard for the story. The key for me is to not be afraid to walk away from the problem for a moment.

So, anyone experiencing Writer’s Block now?  Any thoughts or anything to add?

5 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. Usually if I get stuck on something or draw a blank, I get out one of my writing exercise books. The Writer’s Book of Matches and The Write-Brain Workbook are my favoirtes. They’re not your typical boring exercises–they’re creative and fun and get me writing. Good luck!

  2. I personally look/wait for the next inspiration, be it a book or a visual or a movie or a conversation, whether it appeals or calls to me. And yeah, I’ve had those days when nothing comes. I don’t try to yank anything out with a crowbar. Ledit flow.
    I personally hate How-to books, they mess up my process.

  3. I can identify with paperback writer’s comment. I do get that sometime. In terms of block…I usually leave the story for a week or two, start something else, and come back to it. Often, when I re-read something I’ve started, I’m motivated and energized to keep going (lots of times I’ll read something I wrote a couple weeks prior and think to myself, “What? I wrote that???–I don’t usually remember very well what I’ve written).

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