Writer’s Block… Does It Exist?

Writer’s Block is a euphemism for:

A)     Laziness

B)      Inability

C)      Distraction

D)     Excuses

E)      All of the above

Most of us are socially active, connecting with the unknown masses via Facebook, Twitter and the like. Many of us who write do it to brand and market ourselves. In this type of connection, we acquaint ourselves with many people, but never really get to know any of them well (aside from our personal friends). We read random posts, share what we like and even comment when we’re so inclined.

But, along the way, we get a ‘feel’ for certain people, the ones who post often or about topics that interest us. Over time, we come to either A) look for their posts, or B) dread them, which eventually leads to the ‘unfriend’ button.

Over the course of the past few months, I began to notice the posts of one particular person because they all dealt with the same topic. Writer’s Block. They have a Montana size case of it and somehow find it helpful or therapeutic to tell their little circle of cyber world all about it. Daily.

And here’s where the opinion comes in.

Writer’s block is a load of crap. That’s right – CRAP!

Saying that you have writer’s block is like saying you can shut your mind down completely. No thoughts. Nothing. Zilch. Can’t be done.

I don’t believe in writer’s block. But, what I do believe in is writer’s laziness. Writer’s inability. Writer’s distraction (Guilty here). And writer’s excuses.

Wake up. If you’re going to sit at your computer day after unproductive day and offer regular posts about your epic case of writer’s block, you’re never going to finish that book. Chances are, you’ve yet to start it. And who knows, maybe deep down, in the part of you that you’d never ever share, you don’t want to write, but rather you’d like to have written. There is a difference.

Let me take my tangent a little further. You, yes you, the one hiding behind your writer’s block, stop it. From everyone in the productive writing world, just stop it. Almost every writer I know is willing to answer a question or give advice when asked. If it’s help you need, there are avenues that will take you there. But, force-feeding us your woes will not help you, and it makes the rest of us less likely to want to help you, too.

Everyone has their own way of getting past the ‘dry spells’. Some find the cause of their distraction and do what’s necessary to remove it from the equation while others get off their lazy rumps when they realize that complaining about why they can’t write isn’t getting the job done. If inability is the problem, there’s an easy fix. Find what you’re good at, and let go of what you’re not good at. I suck at sewing. Totally. I couldn’t sew a button on a blouse and have it be in the right place when I was done if my bare breasts depended on it. So what do I do? I have a seamstress on speed dial. I don’t sit day after day telling the whole world how I can’t sew. I don’t possess the ability, or maybe it’s the desire to know how but either way, it’s not my bunch of grapes.

I’m no expert in the techniques of writing, for sure. And I may never realize my writing dreams. But, my chances are good. Why? Because rather than make excuses, I pull up my big girl panties and own up to my shortcomings. I also learn from each mistake I make and vow to never make the same one again.

Sandra Brown wasn’t born the Sandra Brown we’ve come to love and Stephen King wasn’t always a household name. What sets them and people like them apart from the names we’ve never heard of is that they didn’t use excuses to cover why they weren’t writing. Instead, they wrote. And they wrote. And they wrote. And as they wrote, they learned. They found their voice, their style and their niche. They took that knowledge and honed it into their craft.

Ask one of them what they think about writer’s block and I’d be willing to bet that although they would put it differently, the end result would be the same.

So, to anyone out there who hides behind writer’s block, it’s time to come out. There are so many groups out there that can help you to identify the real issue as to why you aren’t writing, and most of them are free.

And to the person who sparked this rant, I hope the next post I see from you is one telling the whole Facebook world how many words you wrote on that day! Or that you’ve taken up Origami.

*Photo courtesy of Marya of the Writing Happiness blog, who offers her own take on the subject. You can visit her blog HERE.

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