“I have writer’s block.”
If anyone thought the process of constructing a story is a God-given process that just flows naturally and when it doesn’t, it’s because somehow the “receiving hole” got plugged up, they are in for a surprise. A decent story lives; and it lives on real food. (Try chocolate. It works every time!) It lives on what you put into it, and that depends what you put into you, in terms of fresh inspirations (experiences, go get them, Fluffy!), research (gee that can lead you places these days!), and observing people. A decent story does not fall out of the sky. Sometimes you have to be a bit of an engineer and sit and construct, instead of just inventing. So you’ll be using both your right and left brain hemispheres (we should hope, otherwise you’d be laterally disabled). And “Writer’s Block” is most likely one of three things:
- A sign that maybe you’re bored with that story, because it wasn’t such a great one in the first place, or perhaps simply because you have moved on (let it go!)
- a sign of tiredness (go sleep or do something else!)
- an excuse to try and avoid doing actual work on the story.
For me writing time is precious. It has to be squished in between everything else (not just for me but, I’m sure, for countless writers!), I often have a bad conscience while writing because I’m avoiding doing something “useful” instead. So writing time is laced with the delicious guilt of a semi-forbidden pleasure. There’s no time for “block”. If a story doesn’t work, it goes.
Those who truly write for a living (journalists, people who have to write up factual reports, etc) know that when you’re paid for a job, there is no space for a luxury like “block”. You do what you need to, and finis. You have a certain amount of time to complete an article, and that’s it. If writers, who mostly write because it gives them pleasure, could adopt the same attitude to their stories, there wouldn’t even be a word for Writer’s Block. Think about it.
About the Author
Lyz Russo is a writer and musician living in Pretoria, South Africa. She is the author of “The Solar Wind” series, which can be found and ordered through Smashwords.com. Book One of the series is available as a FREE download. She also has a blog called, “The Red Ant.”