I really believe that. I believe that a writer can have times – like I am having now – where words are hard to come by and nothing feels “right” when I sit down to the page. I believe that a writer can feel stuck and frustrated and confused and even angry when it comes to writing.
But I don’t believe in writer’s block.
Instead, I think that’s what we say when we feel like the writing is too hard or when we feel unoriginal or when we have no idea what we’re doing. In short, I think we say that as our excuse.
And the only way to get past excuses is to do just that – get past them. And the only way to get past them is to go through them . . . and the only way to go through them is by writing. Writing anything.
Just put your pen to paper and explain why you feel “blocked.” Push into yourself and see what comes up. Or just write that you don’t know what to write. Describe the coaster on your desk or the way the clouds look outside. Try to find just the right term for the green on the philadendron in your window. Whine. Write out song lyrics. Copy out your favorite quote and then rearrange the words or go from that quote into something else.
Just write. Anything. For longer than you think you can.
Like that, the block will break down into a million tiny pieces. . . you may reassemble the block tomorrow, but then, again, you will write and break it down.
Do you believe in Writer’s Block? Why or why not? How do you get past those times when you feel like you have nothing to say?