The following blog post was written as I worked through writer’s block. It is written in present tense and a free writing style. I want to share it because it is interesting to see how my words start out more controlled. Eventually, my words loosen and you can tell that my creativity is once again sparked simply by allowing myself to be in flow.
June 17, 2012 ~
For the first time in my life I am experiencing writer’s block. I can’t explain why, and it is somewhat frustrating. It has become a mystery to me. The more I sit and analyze the situation the more I find that I am verbalizing my concern about it. Actually, just minutes ago while Kim was sitting at the dinner table with me I blurted out, “I think I have writer’s block.” Kim said, “Well, it sounds like you just need to write.” I think she is on to something. Maybe, if I get past the thought of not being able to write, the words will flow if I just do it.
Usually, like a child playing in a sandbox…sifting through the sugary like granules of sand with an old spoon, I am inspired by life events to write. I sift through words, sentences and experiences which culminates usually, and hopefully, in a meaningful blog post, article, chapter or picture book scene. That hasn’t been the case lately, and it isn’t for lack of inspirational moments or experiences.
At this very moment as I type the following words…I notice something…the words are flowing…my fingers are once again moving effortlessly as thoughts begin to flood my mind. The writer’s block wall has begun to crumble…Kim’s idea to “just write” worked!
Regarding writer’s block, Psychology Today author Steven Kotler wrote a helpful article titled “Overcoming Writer’s Block.” You can access the article by clicking here: http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-playing-field/200904/overcoming-writers-block.
Now that the writer’s block wall has crumbled I look forward to writing future posts about support, volunteering, mental health advocacy, change agents and even a special book review. In the meantime, if you have something in mind that might be a good fit feel free to send me your input. It is always greatly respected and appreciated.