If I hear the words 'writer's block' one more time, if I see the words 'writer's block' one more time I'm going to scream. And I promise you'll all hear me!
There is no such thing as writer's block. What does it even mean?
Okay, I don't want to sound as if my writing is always smooth. Far from it. I'm often plagued by lack of inspiration. Or sometimes it's the simple 'not feeling like it.' Or other times yet it's just wanting to do other things. But I've never thought to call it writer's block. I've always called it laziness, lethargy, tired, spoiled brat, etc.
I bet it's nice to have this 'writer's block' implying it's not really my fault. I can just imagine what my boss would say if I'd told him, "Listen, I have a serious case of worker's block."
He'd probably look at me sympathetically, nod and say, "Then why don't you take today off." In my dreams...
So sure, some days at work I spend more time surfing than working, but the things that need to get done - get done. Or sometimes I struggle with a task and have to consult colleagues or think about it longer than I planned, but eventually I solve it. And you can bet that occasionally I show up with a headache/hangover/cold and spend most of the day trying to avoid other people. But you know what, even on these days if clients call, I respond.
So what makes writing so different? Nothing!
It's just that most of us have to learn to apply the same work ethics we have in our day jobs into our writing as and take responsibility for it as we would our career.
I create different rules and deadlines for my writing self. One rule for example (and I do believe I've mentioned it before), is having a minimum number of writing work in circulation. I also give myself deadlines by which I should finish working on this or that piece, and even though I don't always stand by it, trying already makes me write more.
I don't mean to sound preachy here or anything, but there are no excuses for not writing outside of the writer, no mysterious block that envelopes us rendering us incapable of writing. It is all up to us.
What kind of "rules" do you have? A daily word count perhaps? A work schedule? A minimum of pages to be edited a day?
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