THE ACT OF WRITING
The act of writing can be an incredibly freeing outlet for the soul. It can also be a dauntingly, often perniciously, challenging confrontation with self that spirals into writer’s block, sometimes for years. I have vivid recollections of my own profoundly debilitating experiences with writer’s block, and clear insights into its nature and how it begins and ends.
Perspective is Everything
I'll be saying this often, because perspective IS everything. In deciphering my own writer's block, I began to make progress when I realized that I was focusing so much on whether my writing would measure up to an impossible standard that I had little focus left for the subjectmatter, or for what I wanted to say about it.
Writing doesn't happen unless our interest and our intent are focused on the desire to communicate. The trick--for every writer--is getting into that place. That's where the phrase "finding one's muse" came from, I choose to believe.
Writer's Block: A Challenge, Not an Affliction
I do not see writer's block as a "disease" with no cure, as bad luck, or a curse of some kind. Writer's block feels dire. I know that, in spades! But I've changed my earlier view on it, entirely. One of the most healing changes, for me, occurred when I finally succeeded in demystifying writer's block, allowing me to see it, for the first time, as a personal challenge that can be overcome.
doing something About Writer's Block
The aim is to demystify the subject of writer's block, by discussing your writer's block thoroughly, exploring the ways it typically happens to you, what it feels like, how you emotionally react to it, what you personally believe may be the cause. We'll focus on occasions when it's gone away, and look for patterns in how that happened. That last one is the very first step I took that helped me start to get a handle on my own writer's block.
We'll explore your point of view on writing, on being a writer, and why you want to write. We'll evaluate where your mind focuses, when writing, because I've come to see how strongly that focus influences how--and whether--you will write. Whenever appropriate, I'll share my agonizing personal experiences in dealing with writer's block, what I learned from them, and what I learned along the way.
We will take a creative, openended approach. We may invent writing exercises, or we may not. We may well get unexpected ideas for helping you get used to looking at writing differently. That sentence was deliberately vague, because there IS no single formula for human "stuckness." Writer's block is not a virus or snake venom, so there is no inoculation or antivenin to take. It's old fashioned creative trial and error that does the job.