Writing About Writing

Some of you may be shocked to find out that my blog posts don’t flow from me in beautiful, flawless streams of consciousness at all times. Are you shocked? Well, you shouldn’t be. This is just how writing works. Any of you readers out there that are also writers are most likely nodding your head right now.

Writer’s block is frustrating and maddening and requires a lot of patience. It’s not an obstacle that can just be picked up and moved. It rolls in and wanders out under its own volition. It can surprise you by springing up unannounced like an annoying dinner guest. It is not something a writer can control or avoid. At best, we can only hope to minimize it and, when it does inevitably creep up, manage it as best we can.

I’m writing about writer’s block right now because, guess what, I have it RIGHT NOW. I sat down to start composing a post about something completely different and wouldn’t you know it…there’s nothing there.

This isn’t the first time it’s happened and it’s far, far, far from being the last time. I’ve thought about trying to explain what this is like before, but never got around to it. I don’t know why I didn’t give this glimpse into writer’s block more urgency. It’s a fairly important part of the whole writing process and I didn’t want anyone to think that I have some sort of superpower that makes me immune to it. Nope. Far from it. I’m just like every other writer out there. Today is just as good of a day as any to let you in on the secret I and every other writer in the world knows; sometimes we all get stuck. Big time.

So, what do we do to get unblocked? That’s a good question that doesn’t have a definitive answer. Some close the computer and walk away. Some force themselves to write anyways. Some go exercise. Some cook. It varies from writer to writer. Heck, it varies within myself depending on the day.

When I do get writer’s block one important thing I do is remind myself how crazy my life is, how often I see someone do something idiotic, how nuts my family is, how cute and crazy my animals are, and how online dating is actually a thing that exists. Or maybe, maybe I’ll just open a newspaper. Once I remember all this, I don’t panic. I have AMPLE material to draw from. There’s bound to be something totally absurd that I will be confronted with in the near future. In this day and age, with the stuff that’s on the internet, the people running our country, and residents of the town I live in, writer’s block really doesn’t stand a chance.

11 thoughts on “Writing About Writing

  1. I hadn’t thought that my periods of blog silence might be writer’s block, only that I was either too busy living to reflect on living, or that nothing was salient enough to draw my attention. But maybe I have been missing the obvious?

  2. What I really hate is when I have the perfect word or sentence in mind for a particular subject I plan on writing about, and the word or wording slips my mind when it comes time to actually write it out.
    (Also: I’ll usually write out what I plan to post on pen-and-paper first—then transcribe it to online script.)

    • I often think out the perfect post while driving and then promptly forget it by the time I get home. I try to text the basics of it to myself in order to remind myself but even that doesn’t always work. Having a scatter-brain is very frustrating. LOL

  3. I’ve often wondered if writer’s block is the most written about subject of all time since that’s what all writers write about when they’ve got writer’s block. Somewhere in a cave in France a series of petroglyphs showing bison, antelope, and mastodons peters out and there’s a sole unknown glyph representing emptiness and frustration…

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