On writer’s block…

writer's block paper pen keyboardIn the midst of the tangible word-less-ness of “writer’s block” the word noise doesn’t stop.

The page may be blank but the words…the words…

Every open space in your brain is filled in with random dialogue, curious notions, winding plot points, and jagged story arcs. Your head is so full it actually hurts—the pain eased only by the thought that the building pressure of all those words pushing against your skull will have to explode out of your fingers and onto the page at some point. But the trigger for the release is impossible to define, and so, it is impossible to pull at will.

And you come to an angry acceptance that the number of words and ideas that can be stored inside the folds of your grey matter must be infinite. You are being killed from the inside out by the words you love.

The words…the words…

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2 Responses to On writer’s block…

  1. Hang in there, Kelly! They will come out. What if you take a break from your project and try a prompt for, you know, fun? I think it helps to shift gears and just get something down.

  2. Kelly, I get it! It took me nearly 7 weeks to cough up my last blog post that had been spinning in my head the whole 7 weeks! It came out sideways in several different failed draft attempts. I could not get the words out of my head! So I got great advice from our friend Nina! She said, “Just let it go!” And went on to advise that taking a break is good and to not put so much pressure on myself or feel badly about it…So I listened. And then after a week of truly letting go of the frustration, self-doubt and annoyance, and focussing on other work and life stuff, something happened at 6 am on a Monday. I was able to kick aside the block inside my brain and get those dang words down on my computer.
    And so will you! For sure you will!
    Let it go :)!