|Too bad I don’t have Sam to carry me. Or an eagle.|
Some people call this Writer’s Block. Defined so nicely by Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary as “a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece of writing”. But, a block implies that something is in your way. A big heavy object or a brick wall is in front of you and preventing the words from spilling onto the page. Heck, you can’t even get to the page! It’s an interesting idea, but there’s nothing blocking me.
I prefer to think of it as Writer’s Shock. It’s akin to culture shock - “a state of bewilderment and distress experienced by an individual who is suddenly exposed to a new, strange, or foreign social and cultural environment”. THAT is how I feel when I stare at the blank page - bewilderment and distress at my unfamiliar surroundings. I’ve been waddling around in my work in progress for so long, happily getting words on the page, that jumping into a new project is - you guessed it - daunting!
I know it’s only temporary. With any block or shock it lasts awhile and then goes away. Words start to flow again. The blank page fills up. Mount Doom becomes smaller and smaller until one day you’re standing at the top looking down, ready to move on to the next mountain. Of course, that’s when the whole process starts over again.
|Where's that darn eagle when you need one?|
What do you think about writer’s block or shock? Do you believe in it? If so, what helps you overcome it? If not, what’s your secret???
"writer's block." Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary. Merriam-Webster, Inc. 03 Jan. 2012. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/writer's block>.
culture shock. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/culture shock (accessed: January 03, 2012).