I’m not a big believer in writer’s block. I think we play all kinds of games with ourselves and one of those games is to use the idea of “writer’s block” as an excuse not to write when the writing gets tough. What I do believe in is showing up, shutting up and writing – even when, especially when, the writing gets tough. But, that being said, I do appreciate that for some writers, this bugaboo we call “writer’s block” can become a serious problem. Kathleen Cassen Mickelson posted a terrific entry on ways to leave your writer’s block behind, so if you’re looking for tips, check it out.
What I do believe in, much more than writer’s block, is something known as creativity block. Lisa Rivero posted a marvelous entry recently about creativity block. Here is the beginning of her post. See if anything resonates for you:
Is your writing stuck? Mine has been recently. Oh, I’m still writing, thank goodness, and on a daily basis, but much of what I write feels as lifeless as last fall’s leaves that have been uncovered recently by the melting snow. The words just lie there, soggy, crushed, faded, leftover from another season.
When this happens, I know that the words are not the real problem. The “block” is occurring on a level far deeper than the surface of a sheet of paper. It’s a creativity block, which is, at its core, a meaning block. We can’t write with passion and power about life’s moments, especially the small, most important moments, unless we feel those moments are meaningful, unless we live them fully.
So, fellow writers, let’s share what you do if/when you’ve experienced writer’s block or creativity block. What has worked for you to get the pen moving?