What is writers’ block?
Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers
Thanks wikipedia for your definition! I do hope I will not fall into the latter category :/
Some writers’ think that writers’ block does not or should not exist. They believe that, once sat at the computer, one should just write… anything! That no words are wasted..
I have battled with this theory, as I am loathe to write anything that is not, or that I do not feel is worthy of writing.
I must admit, having suffered for the last two days with, yes, writers’ block (!) I have felt a trifle panicked. My story has sat halfway through chapter 3 at stalemate. I have found myself procrastinating; stoking the fire, making coffee, feeding the cats (again), anything other than write.
Twitter has helped somewhat, although I read far too many tweets, I did manage to write a few in an attempt to promote my newest, non-fiction book in the colour series I am working on. One might say that this accounts for ‘writing’, so the writers’ block is not present, but it is not getting my story moved on, which is frustrating!
Clearly, worrying about it is making matters much worse, so, now I am off to chop some wood, in the hope that I can mull the story over in my head, then, hopefully, after that, having achieved something (hehe), I will be able to come back and start again.
Or maybe I will mop the kitchen floor, stoke the fire, make some more coffee and perhaps (over)feed the cats again!
What do you do to combat writers’ block? All suggestions gratefully received