There are days when you sit to write and it pours out of you like a soft serve ice cream machine that just glitched and won’t stop squirting out vanilla chocolate swirl and you’re using every appendage available to hold overflowing cones while licking your arm.

Then there are days when the machine is broken.

And no matter how long you desperately stare at it, there will be no ice cream. Not even a bead of condensation.

Is this the ill described “writer’s block”?

This moment of absolute writing constipation is something every single writer experiences at some point but rarely ever in the exact same way. Even more interesting is how we each have a different way of dealing with it. Even we at Endever can’t agree on the best reaction to this dry spell. I personally, along with several others, push and push until something finally breaks…like a brick wall that you have to hurl yourself at until you can tear through to the other side. Andrew, however, has said countless times that the brick wall is a sign that something is not right with the story and needs to be reworked, possibly (and most likely) even be scraped altogether.

But in that case, is there even really a wall? Or is it an internal struggle over the pains of letting go something you’ve worked hard on? Basically– is it “writer’s block” or is it stress in the relationship between us and a character, scene, or plot? Is “writer’s block” a myth?

I firmly believe that we can often times drown within our own mindset. Given that “writer’s block” has such a negative connotation, I think it’s entirely possible that we sabotage our own productivity by assigning the concept to ourselves. I’d like to think that problems with the ice cream machine could be solved far quicker if we stop thinking of it as a barrier to what we want and chose to see it as an adventurous puzzle to solve or an opportunity to chuck it down into the basement and make room for a new fancy sundae bar.

I don’t know if I have figured out anything for myself within this post or if I’ve just made myself want ice cream. But I do know this- no matter how broken the machine feels sometimes, it can always be fixed.

Add to the conversation. What do you think about “writer’s block”?

Or ice cream. I like talking about ice cream too.

xo,

J

 

6 thoughts on “Writer’s Block- Myth or Reality?

  1. I love your ice cream machine metaphor. As you well know I subscribe to the Nike philosophy of writing (Just Do It), but I think I fall somewhere between you and Andrew. I see the block as a sign of something wrong, but I force myself to keep going, perhaps in another direction or on another chapter, until I get the solution. And I like to talk about it. A lot. Which is why I like Endever 😊

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    1. It also depends on what you’re writing. If I’m sitting down to a blank screen, then I’m going to push through. If I’m picking up a piece I’ve already started, then I will be more open to change and problem solving.

      And yes, we love to talk about it. Speaking of, I’m hopelessly in love with everything you revised in your edits. Better start shopping around for them gold chains, gangsta

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      1. Great job, J! I tend to see writer’s block as Andrew does – that there’s really just something about what you’ve already written that’s not working. I also use it as an excuse for being lazy. It’s helpful that way.
        Looking forward to the Momentum revisions!

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  2. Haha. For me, I don’t see it as something wrong in the story. You may have an excellent story, but those scenes where the ‘main’ action needs a break, or you need to fill in some character growth, can leave you a lot more ponderous. I’m not sure if I even call it writers’ block, but it’s at those points at which I stare at the screen longer than any other.

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