Writing is a joy for me. The excitement I get in taking an idea from my head and exploring it in words is still as satisfying as it was at eleven years old, when I first found the love of this craft. But I am not going to say that it is easy. In fact, I find the opposite to be true. I am a perfectionist when it comes to my writing. I want to use the least words possible for the most impact. In this way I adopt the method of Hemingway, as opposed to Dickens or Faulkner. I have nothing against those two writers, by the way. There are lots of different styles of writing. I think the style I practice makes writing a bit more difficult and, yet, fulfllling for me. Which brings me to the reason for this post: Writer’s Block.
Webster defines Writer’s Block as a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece. This is the stuff of nightmares for a writer. To have an idea and find yourself unable to bring it out is maddening. This is my current predicament. In writing, as in life in general, this is my situation. Expressing myself in words and writing is a challenge right now. I envy people who seem to have a way with words. They can write and write. They seem to have an endless store of ideas and the words to express them.
I believe I know the main causes for my Writer’s Block. This is a season of fine-tuning for me; of transition. Distancing myself from old habits and people who should not be in my life. And I am working my way toward goals, but am not there yet. This unsettled period is probably taking up enough of my mind as to hinder my writing. It is my hope that, as with many things in my life, writing about it will help me get over it. Also, I am trying new forms. I am most comfortable with nonfiction, almost journalistic writing. I want to experiment with different styles of poetry and other forms of writing. See how much I can mature as a writer.
I mention this last point as a preview of posts to come, and as a way of keeping myself accountable. I have always heard that the two best activities for a writer are to read and write. So if you see me out and about, or we talk by email or social network and you think about it, ask me how the writing is going. It will keep me focused. In the meantime, I’ll be reading, thinking, and, hopefully, writing.
Have any of my writing friends experienced severe bouts of writer’s block? If so, did it just take time to come out of it? Or do you have any tricks that might help me? As always, thanks for reading.