Monday, March 30, 2015

What does writer's block feel like?



If you love writing and/or blogging, I'm willing to bet a great deal of Monopoly money that you've faced writer's block at least once in your life. You sit there staring at a blank page in your journal, or a blank screen on your computer, and nothing happens. Nothing. 

You rack your brain trying to think of something, anything, to say. Sometimes an idea will come to you, and you'll think, YES, FINALLY, and then just as quickly as it appeared, it will float away from your grasp. It's super irritating. 

And as I sit here trying to figure out what to write about, I find myself thinking about what writer's block actually feels like. Because it can be hard to describe it properly. Yes, it means that you want to write something, but can't think of anything to write about. But how does it feel to be in the throes of writer-block-itis? Well, glad you asked, trusty reader. 

Writer's block feels like:

* Trying to complete a word search puzzle but your eyes just can't focus on any particular word or make sense of what you're looking at. 

* Trying to find a needle in a haystack.

* Mental constipation.

* Having a wedgie and you're surrounded by people and unable to remove said wedgie from your hind parts. 

* When your snack gets stuck in the vending machine. FOR. THE. LOVE. Just come out already! 

* Sitting at the DMV for hours, waiting for your number to be called. 

* Having 10,000 spoons, when all you need is a knife. Bahaha, OK, I'll stop. 

You catch my drift, right? It's frustrating. But at least my writer's block inspired me to write a post about writer's block. So, that's something, right? In the words of Charles Bukowski:

"Writing about writer's block is better than not writing at all." 

What are your tips for getting past writer's block? 

P.S. Please join us on Wednesday for the Write or Die writer's link up. Our prompt is below. Hope to see you there and happy writing!





10 comments:

  1. Writing block as a blogger is one of the worst things. I just got out of a rut I was experiencing and it was really a HALLELUJAH moment when I finally started to find inspiration again. Hopefully you'll get a few days to recharge and things will magically just start coming to you again.

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  2. Hahaha.. Mental constipation! Love this post ..
    —DT
    Here I Scribble

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  3. I think I get creativity block. Sometimes I don't want to write, or take pictures, or do anything creative.

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  4. Yes!!! Oh man writer's block sucks sometimes!

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  5. Often what I do to overcome writer's block it just to write and not critique myself. It doesn't have to be perfect - being perfect is what gets me stuck at times.

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  6. Thanks, Kati! :) I hope so, too.

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  7. I officially have that song stuck in my head...go Alanis :) I love the mental constipation. Nothing else quite like it!

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  8. sometimes I just want to sit on my couch and do nothing but watch tv! i get creativity block a lot too!

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  9. Yes!! That's exactly how I feel sometimes. :)

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