Sunday, June 3, 2012

Writer's Block

I'm not going to lie, while I love writing, it can be a real pain sometimes. The good times are when the muses decide to deign me with their presence. They fill my brain with their inspiration so much so that my fingers fly over the keyboard in a frenzy. It's exciting and the stuff that comes out in the end usually ends up surprising me. I sit back and ask, "Did I really just write that?"
But, sadly, those pesky muse creatures don't show nearly as often as I would like. These are the times that it becomes hard, and the dreaded writer's block rear's its ugly head. I become stuck. The thought of sitting at my computer and staring at the steadily blinking cursor makes me cringe. This is when I feel more overwhelmed than any other time. It's like being in one of those dreams where you want to run, but you can't quite move fast enough. I hate this part about writing. This is when the doubt takes over and I feel like I'll never get this story written out.
The bright side, however, is the joy I feel when I overcome these rough patches. I might be simply thinking about an unrelated part of my story and then BAM! There it is! The perfect solution and my writer's block is gone. I grab a piece of paper and, in my excitement, scribble it down so fast that my handwriting is usually almost illegible. I then, again, remember why I love writing so much. Sometimes it's easy, but most of the time it's hard. I love the challenge that it poses for me. I love getting past that doubt and fear and coming up with something amazing in the end. There is truth to that old notion: there's a solution for everything; sometimes you just have to look for it.

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