One time I was very frustrated. I was watching Finding Nemo and couldn’t remember what a sea horse was called. I tried horse fish, ocean horse, and other such variations but none of them sounded right in my head. In the end I had to pause the film and ask my sister what those curious creatures were called. It was very frustrating.
Now. Let’s try that over a period of three weeks and you have my particular variation of writer’s block. I have several drafts of blog posts all over the place, ranging from a few sentences and bullet points to paragraphs that just stop halfway through my point. I’ll have an idea, go with it and then it just fizzles to nothing. Or, even worse, I know exactly what my point is but just can’t find the words to adequately express it. It explains why the opening sentence of this post sounds like it was written by a toddler.
I feel like I need to scoop out my brain, spread it on a pan and do something like this*:
I think I know why it’s happening. I’ve had a few distractions lately that are making me want to curl up in bed and ignore people. That isn’t exactly conducive to concentration. Thankfully I’m not a freelance writer, so this writer’s block isn’t going to cost me a day job. But it isn’t exactly making life easier for my editors. And I really enjoy writing. Not being able to do it to my usual standard is kinda troubling.
So. Tips please? Do you get writer’s block? How do you deal with it? I would really appreciate your answers!
*This process is called “panning for gold”. I know this because I googled “what gold miners do”. I couldn’t remember :-(