I can’t say I woke up today thinking about “Writers Block” but here I am with something to say! I was reading an interview by an author and was struck by the depth of his comment regarding Writers Block. Author Steve Rosner was asked to give advice on writing. Here’s a portion of what he said:
“One last thought: So-called “Writers Block” is a complete fiction! Don’t spend thousands for therapists who supposedly will help you overcome it. If you get to a point, where the ideas stop, you mind is muddled, and you can’t seem to write, don’t beat yourself up and spend hours trying to get through it. Play golf, go bowling or dancing, see a movie or go to a Bach concert . . . get away from your book for a couple of days. Your creativity will return when you least expect it. You see, WB is actually an early-warning system! It is a safety valve, like the overflow tube in car radiators. It is your soul knowing and informing your ego that what you are planning to write is not worthwhile, and not part of who you are. WB prevents you from writing that which you will regret later. If you try to force yourself to write, whatever you put down you’ll regret. Again, get away from your book; within a few days you will have clarity.”
I’ve always been in the camp who says, “Don’t force your writing.” I think Steve gives us a very good look at what is going on inside us when we feel like nothing we are writing is working. I’ve put off writing a certain book for a year. And it’s been good to do so. I would have written something before its time. Sometimes waiting is good when you know deep down it’s the right thing to do.
But I know there are some of you who write under pressure of deadlines. And to you, I would say it’s ok to force yourself to write. It’s your job and paycheck and we all get it: you don’t have the luxury to sit back and listen to your soul when your boss is tapping her fingernails waiting on your story.
However, in this case, I feel like your boss or editor is getting what they want. They want an article, something to fill a slot and are not asking you for your soul. SO DON’T GIVE IT TO THEM!!! Instead, save the stories from your soul for other venues. Save them for your own works, your own blog or book. If someone wants you to write under pressure then “under pressure writing is what they will get” and you shouldn’t feel bad about giving someone what they ultimately want. All the BEST, Anne
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