Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Writer's Block = Bigfoot?

Every writer seems to have something to say about writer's block. Generally I see one of two positions -

Option 1. It's a real thing that writers have to deal with.

Option 2. It's a myth, and I refuse to believe it.

I've decided that writer's block must be akin to the elusive Bigfoot. Some swear on their lives that he exists, while others say such a thing is silly.

I am taking the third ground. The third ground, you ask? You either believe something, or you don't. Well...

Some might say that I've never suffered from writer's block, but I don't believe that, I think I suffer from it every day.

Some people truly do have an entire book mapped out step-by-step in their heads (and on paper), but I'm not one of those people. I play with it as it goes, which makes editing a beast, but I like to approach it in the same way I get to know someone, little by little.

I often come upon snags where I don't know what's going to happen next, i.e. Writer's block.

Coming back to my comparison in the hunt for Bigfoot, I can think he's real, but that doesn't mean I am going to let it consume my life.

Option 3 - Believe in it, but don't let it control you.

When it comes to writer's block I look at it like this, if it's going to cross my path, I will do what it takes to come out ahead.

If that means I spend hours writing meaningless dribble until I figure out what I should be writing, then so be it.

If it means I watch any every movie I can get my hands on, then so be it.

If it means I re-read all my favorite novels, then so be it.

Whenever I hit a wall I actively hunt for my inspiration, and usually it comes.

Do you believe in writer's block? How do you conquer your demons?
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