One of the most frustrating things about being a writer is the plague
that is writer's block. Everyone has their own way of dealing with this.
Some try to change the environment in which they write. They pack up a pen,
a hard surface to write on and a small stack of Hilroy lined paper, yank on
a pair of hiking boots and head off to find inspiration in the great
outdoors. Others try writing odd bits of this and that, flitting from one
thought to another. Eventually, they figure, they'll find the imp that's
been working the waterwheel of whatever story they're in the process of
writing. And some just sit in front of the computer/type-writer/desk
staring at the last words they wrote and despairing that they've lost their
Personally, I am a mixture of these and more.
Much of the inspiration I get comes from nature and so I like the
idea of writing out of doors. Unfortunately, my mother has forbidden me
from using chemical bug repellents and since I do not wish to reek of tea
tree oil when I go out, I spend more time swatting away sand flies than
Sitting and staring into space is something of a pastime to many
people. For me, it's a way to come up with writing ideas. Often, while
experiencing writer's block, I simply let my mind drift until I manage to
catch some flittering fire fly or other, then I slap it on a piece of paper
and stuff it in an overstuffed folder before sinking back into the clouds.
Blinking dumbly at my computer screen rarely, if ever, helps clear
writer's block. Often it just makes my eyes blurry - and then I realize
it's not my eyes; it's my screensaver. I do occasionally get the feeling
that I'll never write again and that it isn't really my forte after all.
Then someone will make some smartass remark about my butt getting fat and
I'll go to the mall to nurse my insecurities over a blue bubblegum ice
cream and splurge on whatever not-so-necessary necessities I come across on
the way to Purdy's.
The 'cure' that many of you will probably find most amusing is to
surround myself with inspirational or inspiration enhancing objects. For
example, adamite is supposed to aide in finding hidden talents and agate of
the blue lace variety helps in expression. Red beryl promotes increase of
creativity and chalcedony gives inspiration. Blue vervain and carnations
also help move along creativity and willow gives inspiration. When writing
poems, laurel is said to be especially helpful.
However, I, in all my wisdom as a blossoming writer, find that the
best way to deal with writer's block is to just wait it out. Writing, when
forced, is not the art that it is meant to be. Words can be beautiful only
when they are written and spoken with heart. Anything that does not flow
with grace and exude passion can easily be spotted. What would be the fun
in a game of tag if the participants do not want to play? A writer's block
is only the eye of the storm. It passes and then your lightening can once
more hit the earth strike up a flame.
So relax, work out the cramps in your fingers, find out what's been
going on in the last thousand years that you've been in your own little
world and just know that nothing's forever. Your block won't last, but that
imp from the waterwheel needs a break once in awhile.