Beyond Writer's Block
It's Brain Freeze!
Writer's everywhere, possibly even literary giants throughout history,have experienced moments of creativity limbo. It is officially referred to as writer's block. An accurate phrase and a frustrating situation. Like a huge concrete wall that stands between the writer and his work, it can seem impenetrable. One thing all writers will agree with is that however the block appeared, it must be made to break.
When writer's find themselves in this state of limbo, their main objective is to get over it, the sooner the better. How this occurs in the first place is the writer's mystery of all time. I can only believe that authors who write for a living and come up against this wall have found the solution beyond it before starving to death.
It's highly doubtful John Grisham or Tom Clancy may have met with a brick wall of nothingness. No bad will intended, wouldn't we be secretly pleased to know they once sat staring into space in front of a silent keyboard? Selfish yes, but if authors of such brilliance can sometimes suffer, surely we have no reason to despair.
Ideas that work.....or maybe not.
We writers are sensitive individuals. I should also mention that each and every one of us is unique in terms of our creativity and talent. Therefore, it should follow that writer's block happens to each of us based on our own individual synaptic experience. (What's a synaptic experience?)
We react in our own way. We must conquer our obstacles in the manner most suited to our individual methods of motivation. This gives me a bit of hope. A thought...yes, "Synaptic Experience," now there's a topic and days of research that could very well result in an intriguing work of art.
Conversation is, by the way, one of the prescribed means to wake up the sleeping brain and suddenly be slapped or shaken by a word....a phrase....a question. All living things that take root and grow, begin with a seed.
It is amazing how and from where a writer may find inspiration. The minds of writers often see the world around them as an ocean of ideas and continuously feel the urge to create a scenario as they view the vast environment while merely passing by.
Barry Manilow writes the songs
Where I'm going...
I have been painfully and silently suffering with writer's block for over two weeks. It's a frustrating feeling as we fight to keep from sheer panic. Imagine a Doctor without his instruments to appropriately examine his patients. A writer without his words and an inspiration is a dilemma such as that. We can often begin to feel desperate.
I think I've tried it all. In fact today, I decided I'm simply trying too hard. I think I should fool my brain by being carefree and unconcerned. We might sometimes play a game of avoiding all thought of writing. Sort of like being unconcerned with finding love, when in fact it's all we truly want. Aren't we comforted by the wisdom of others that "Love will find us, when we least expect it?" It's random thoughts like this that can help us get through a painful block.
I've had all the chats with fellow-writers and accepted their suggestions, gratefully. While it's a slight comfort to know I'm not alone, that all writers have "been there," it's not really helping with my current dilemma. It may be that I simply haven't found my own key solution.
"Get more rest, take a long walk, read, read and read some more, go shopping, sit in the park and people-watch".....These are just a few of the numerous suggestions. I believe I gave them a fair try. O.K. maybe not. I'm so confused.
Imagine being a singer. You're an entertainer, for heaven's sake. You sing for your supper. What sort of massive panic would overcome you, to open your mouth and hear nothing? May we writers get some compassion here?
So, What's next?
To be honest, I have had a few a-HA moments, but quickly dashed them for one reason or another. Reasons of course, that I could justify. Basically, my mind, in terms of what to write about, is a blank....the lights are out.....the electrodes are not firing.....I've blown a fuse.
It's time I stop stressing. There's no need to panic and I surely should not obsess. I"ll stand tall, hold my head high, go forward and up. Then, fall to my knees and beg for inspiration.
You see, I've come to trust myself and I feel that fellow writers can offer encouraging advice.
Although I do not as yet write to live, I do live to write. I needn't explain this addiction to fellow-writers who share my passion. And we freely admit that it is an unrelenting passion.
Perhaps I'll wake in the morning duly inspired, calmly enlightened and flowing over with ideas. This is my wish....and humbly, I assume the need to make it happen..These situations call for the strength and courage to do battle .....even if within ourselves.
I'll confess that excellent ideas have come to me out of the blue and I will quickly jot them down. Writer's block is such a complex state of mind. We know when it's got hold of us yet can't seem to understand how it happens. I firmly believe we become much too caught up in the frenzy and only make matters worse. Do you ever find this to be the case when you're lost at the dead end of creativity? Are we cursed? Is this a normal issue? So many questions. The answers don't ever seem to be as important than simply breaking through the wall.
I recently read an impassioned rant by a brilliant Poet-friend who tried to explain his current state of blank slate. He cried that his muse had left him a while ago and not returned. As a fellow writer, I felt his pain and so wanted to help. Of course I gave it my best shot and sent him words of encouragement, but the truth is, I doubt I helped much at all.
Writer's block is a lonely place, I tell you. Allow me to my repeat myself. We each suffer in individual ways for different reasons. What may woo one's muse to court us once again, may not work at all for the next desperate writer. Alas, tis quite the dilemma. Help.
Captivating your audience
The fruits of one's labor are many and varied and ready to be plucked. The harvest is what we work with to present the gifts of knowledge, entertainment and value to others.
Consider the teacher who must create a daily study plan and make the classroom come alive. They must have the tools, material and imagination to inspire their students to learn. From the preparation of ideas comes the best reception. Reaching the point of being well-satisfied with results is what it's all about.
This requires thought and time and the freedom to create something new and different every day. The teacher who can do this well, and stimulate his/her student's appetite to learn, is a teacher who succeeds via the achievements of his students. The development and growth of bright young minds become the world's rewards.
So too, the writer must prepare and create in order to offer his/her readers a place to discover a world of endless choice and possibilities.
This seems much like the pressure to perform for one's audience. Perhaps this is so to a degree but the reality simply is, it's the writer's love and longing to connect with his readers....to reach out and touch them and move them.......and.to feel that they too are loved....that is truly the writer's driving force.