Writer’s block? Look for something new.

I’ve heard some say that there is no such thing as writer’s block. Well, I’m here to tell you that there definitely is such a thing. I should know because it happens to me quite often when the words just don’t or won’t come, no matter how hard I try.

I tend to write first thing in the morning before the daily chores and events of the day crowd in on me. That’s when I think I’m going crank out a few hundred profound and unforgettable words to move my best-selling novel along, and then nothing happens. I stare at the page. I review my character descriptions. I re-read and rewrite what I did the day before. Alas, the characters get lazy and they don’t want to do anything. Like me they just want to lay down and take a nap.

I had such a day not too long ago, so I decided to switch gears and work on an idea that had been stewing in my brain. I and some friends had been bemoaning the near extinction of cursive writing. And if you don’t know what it is, then you need to read my essay, which was picked up for the August issue of The Senior News. If you do know, then you’ll enjoy reading it at http://www.the seniornews.com.

So there I was, agonizing over what my hero and heroine were going to do next, when I stopped and pulled up a new blank page. I didn’t even think too much about what I was writing, but I had been thinking about how I was taught cursive in elementary school and how I still love to write letters to friends, and I simply let those thoughts loose on paper. When I went back and edited the piece, I thought that I had something that the older (we like to call us mature) generation would like, and so did the editor of The Senior News. Thank you very much.

So, the next time your writing comes to a standstill, take a moment and just write about something that you love, or hate, or bothers you, or that you want to change, or even something silly, stupid and off the wall. Even if it doesn’t get published, the break will refresh you, and if it does get published, you couldn’t ask for a better confidence booster. Either way, remember that you are a writer. So write.

 

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