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Combating writer’s block

23 Jul

Time and time again I’ve heard it:

Writer’s block doesn’t exist.

Writing takes hard work.

You just have to find what set up works for you.

I agree, for the most part. I think writing well takes consistency. I have a horrible tendency to start great poems — or what seem like great poems — and then “get tired” and magically transform from having my notebook and paper in my hands to say an apple, or another book, or, God forbid, the remote control.

Let’s not even get started about typing on the computer; there’s email, facebook, blog stats, twitter, literary magazines (that I should be writing something FOR, instead of reading their submission guidelines for the 1878979th time).

The hardest thing is making yourself sit still for one moment and confront the piece of paper in front of you when all of a sudden, like a summer thunderstorm, the poem stops pouring out of you. It can leave you as quickly as it found you, but not if you let it.

Perhaps — well, not perhaps, I’m pretty sure — I’m not giving any ground-breaking or especially great advice here. But, to make up for my lack of insight, I have a really funny link about writer’s block that my friend sent me:

911 writers block

Don’t dial 5 to commiserate, I beg of you.

Also, check out this blog from Fictionaut. I like how Amy Halloran talks about the different exercises she does to get the writing flowing. However, if I were to read anything on my bed, I would most certainly fall asleep. Guaranteed.

Oh, and I’ll leave you with a little google image fun for “writers block” —