Writer’s Block

writers block

      YES, ANOTHER WRITER ironically writing about writer’s block. *Warning – No advice is contained in this post. Zero.

I looked in the yellow pages and there was nobody who could come and fix it. In a way it doesn’t need to be fixed. It’s presence is temporary every time. Is it a drought or a blockage, running dry or clogged? Every creative mind experiences it and for each of us it is different in nature. All we want to know, is when will it leave?

Does writer’s block even really exist? I could sit for three hours and write a story – that is undeniable. I know it would be torturous, the ideas linking sentences and words together would not come easily or flow. So I could write. True. But the quality would be lacking. When the creative aspect vacates, there is no whole in a story, only lonely parts with little cohesion. I hate writing a subpar story. Sometimes in the ashes of it there are embers which can be nurtured and raised into flames. That in itself is not a waste of effort, and generally any writing is better than no writing, even if it is just to trick the brain into thinking that it is still capable of what came easily only days ago.

I often find writer’s block accompanies readers block in a mutual distaste for anything with words, and during that spell I’m like a horse shying at a jump, planting my hooves into the dirt just before it, refusing to clear the obstacle. There is generally no clear reason for avoiding words although this time is an exception, there are a few things I can pinpoint which seem to have drained my creativity. Ultimately it seems slightly pathetic. To be sat at a computer or with a notebook in hand and find nothing is forthcoming. It isn’t difficult. We write from a young age. We type like it’s second nature. The execution or technical ability isn’t the issue. Even if tinged with lethargy, the process isn’t like a bodybuilder going to the gym and failing to lift weights. Effort isn’t what’s missing and when the ephemeral creativity goes AWOL, it feels like a hopeless situation, as if some part of me has been lost, my ideas lost to a ghost like state that might return today or days from now.

Every time a writer whinges about writer’s block we understand. Artists get it across the spectrum. And it always seems self indulgent, no one really cares, we’ve all been there and returned. Well, either way, even if I am the only one who reads what I just wrote, it felt good to paint the screen with words, the equivalent of screaming on a mountain top. Maybe you can relate, I hope you can’t right now and the words are rolling how they should.

 

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20 Comments

    1. Yeah it’s easy to go off words altogether. I find if I’m in that mindset, I’ll struggle to make myself read, but once I’m into a book again, it all goes well. Just that initial resistance phase that needs to be gotten over.

  1. A much discussed topic amongst writers. The only time I have experienced it is when I try to write poetry. I guess because it is a form I am not accustomed to, I struggle with it. With novel writing & screenwriting I struggle to find enough time to write. I have always avoided writers block by reading.

  2. There´s also a painter´s block, if you can believe it! (I´m not sure if I invented it myself, but I doubt it, although I´ve never read something relating to that… 😉 ) Anyway, if I can´t paint I usually try something else, like drawing or doing pottery… that helps to keep the gray matter active 🙂 I´m not sure what the equivalents for a writer would be though…

  3. monkey share nice today quote on topic. “”Writing is easy. All you do is stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.” words come from gene fowler (1890-1960). today it probably have more accurateness to say “blank screen.”

  4. Bukowksi rocks, dancing naked under a full moon has its decided advantages, although they might not be what you expect, and accepting the block for what it is makes it all the more satisfying when the wall falls and the word clicks with a precision that satisfies the soul. All in good time…

  5. This is the equivalent of standing on a mountain top screaming. But it got you writing and that’s kind of the point. I have no other advise except that dancing naked under a full moon does not help. (Or so I’ve heard *cough*)

  6. Nice work. I have lost the Muse myself. I think its metaphysical. When I left the last emotional tsunami I was overflowing with emotion which resulted in my piece “Stealing Home”. After a few more pieces I was completely empty of emotion which took all of a year to dump. Now I’m just a vassal waiting for the Muse; an empty vessel without emotion so I have nothing to write. The good news is I’m totally in the moment; bad news; unable or unwilling to reflect on the past or project into the future. I’m simply In The Now. So; been doing lots of re-blogs. The great Buk offers rare insight in his piece that follows. Good luck and best wishes.

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    So You Want To Be A Writer by Charles Bukowski

    July 1, 2012 3 Comments (Edit)

    If it doesn’t come bursting out of you
    in spite of everything,
    don’t do it.
    unless it comes unasked out of your
    heart and your mind and your mouth
    and your gut,
    don’t do it.
    if you have to sit for hours
    staring at your computer screen
    or hunched over your
    typewriter
    searching for words,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re doing it for money or
    fame,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re doing it because you want
    women in your bed,
    don’t do it.
    if you have to sit there and
    rewrite it again and again,
    don’t do it.
    if it’s hard work just thinking about doing it,
    don’t do it.
    if you’re trying to write like somebody
    else,
    forget about it.
    if you have to wait for it to roar out of
    you,
    then wait patiently.
    if it never does roar out of you,
    do something else.

    if you first have to read it to your wife
    or your girlfriend or your boyfriend
    or your parents or to anybody at all,
    you’re not ready.

    don’t be like so many writers,
    don’t be like so many thousands of
    people who call themselves writers,
    don’t be dull and boring and
    pretentious, don’t be consumed with self-
    love.
    the libraries of the world have
    yawned themselves to
    sleep
    over your kind.
    don’t add to that.
    don’t do it.
    unless it comes out of
    your soul like a rocket,
    unless being still would
    drive you to madness or
    suicide or murder,
    don’t do it.
    unless the sun inside you is
    burning your gut,
    don’t do it.

    when it is truly time,
    and if you have been chosen,
    it will do it by
    itself and it will keep on doing it
    until you die or it dies in you.

    there is no other way.

    and there never was.

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