Monday, March 5, 2012

Writer's Block

Hello, gentle reader! How are you? Fine? Healthy? Happy as a pig in a wallow? Good to know!
I, alas, am not so good.
You see, gentle reader, I have a terrible affliction. A malady that makes me want to bang my head against a wall, or, if it gets really bad, bang the head of others against that same wall.
I, gentle reader, am suffering from writer's block.
Sure. Laugh if you like, but don't do it around someone suffering from this particular problem.  Even if you don't wind up combing plaster out of your hair, you might get an angry earful from the afflicted.  Or, at the very least, some seriously dirty looks.
Fortunately, writer's block isn't a fatal condition.  Or, at least I've never heard of anyone dying from it.  Rather, it is incredibly frustrating.  Think of it as a psychic equivalent of constipation.  You want to go, you need to go, but you just can't.
So, what do you do?  You go eat some dried fruit or a greasy hamburger.  Something to lubricate the works, so to speak.
With writer's block, I've discovered the best way to overcome it is to either write about the block itself or, and this works fairly well for me, go off and do math.
Yes, you haven't misread, gentle reader.  When I'm stuck, I find a nice quite corner and do math problems.  I'm not sure why it works for me, but it does, and I'm one of those people who normally abhors math.  I do not have a mathematical bone in my body.  But when the words are stuck, I turn to the numbers for a little while, and, after a while, the words start to flow again.
Other people tackle the problem in their own ways.  Some listen to music.  Others exercise.  I've even heard of some people sitting down with a good book and a nice cup of tea.
The cures for writer's block are as varied as the people who get it.
And now, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to do some math.


  1. I'm glad I found you, first on 365, then Amazon and Twitter all of which led me here. I had a wonderful penpal through LEX a long time ago (1996) who inspired me to write like I meant it. He wrote me about Anchorage and how the glaciers and ice were blue and that I would like it. In the letters, mine and his, the language was pure and sensitive and there was no writer's block. Just a cool stream of fine writing. So what's next? Well, wanted you to know how glad I am you're writing and that the writing is good. I have another reason, but this is not the place to proffer my idea. You can reach me at jinni44@hotmail. It has to do with publishing your work. Meanwhile, I wish you fair winds and following seas in all your writing. Jeanie (formerly of LaGrange GA)

  2. What a marvelous surprise! And such kind words! I'll be sure to contact you offline and look forward to renewing our correspondence.