Thanks for the Help

Since I’ve been suffering from writer’s block of late, I decided to look into it on the Web. There’s nothing like the Web for getting help. I found it from one extreme to the other.

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Since I’ve been suffering from writer’s block of late, I decided to look into it on the Web. There’s nothing like the Web for getting help. I found it from one extreme to the other.

First, there’s a technical discussion of the problem. Wikipedia has an article on the subject. It lists all sorts of depressing reasons as the possible cause. My favorite is the brain shifting control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system under stress. The limbic handles instinctive processes. Nothing like going primitive to kill creativity.

If that isn’t bad enough, I came across this article that lists ten different types of writer’s block! There’s my personal favorite: “You can’t come up with an idea”. Then there’s “You have a ton of ideas but can’t commit to any of them, and they all peter out”, “You have an outline but can’t get though this one part of it”, and so on. Fortunately, the author has advice on how to overcome all of them.

Things started looking up with ten strategies for overcoming writer’s block by Mignon Fogarty AKA Grammar Girl, one of my Twitter favorites. I already follow some of them, but others are new to me.

What better way to defeat writer’s block than to not get it in the first place. According to this article by Andy Crestodina, writer’s block is just a myth. OK, now I’m feeling a lot better. I’ve just been imagining it all along. In general the article says you should only sit down to write when when you have a burning desire to do so. That’s good advice. My problem is that if I don’t dedicate regular time to writing willing or not, I’ll do things (e.g., photography, hiking, household chores) that drive all thoughts of writing from my mind. I’m the type of person that needs to try to write every day. So suffer I must.

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