Tag Archives: writer’s block

Writer’s Block-head

There are two kinds of writer’s block that I know of, both with the same root. In one, I don’t know enough about my subject to be able to write coherently about it. In the other, I don’t want to write about my subject. The commonality is that I need to do more thinking before […]

Writer’s Block Is a Choice

It seems like there’s two brands of writer’s block: there’s “My muse has not graced me with her presence,” and there’s, “I have no ideas.” Maybe there are more, but we’re going to focus on these two. The short version is: I think both are a bit BS. I can understand factors in every day […]

It’s Never Just Writer’s Block

In Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, the classic meandering semi-fictional work from the 60s, narrator-author Robert Persig tells a student suffering from writer’s block to start writing about one brick in one building on her town’s main street.  The student comes back to him transfixed, with pages and pages of writing about that […]

Knock ’em over

Does writer’s block exist? Yes, absolutely. Can it be defeated? Again, absolutely. As a Municipal Liaison for NaNoWriMo, I often act as coach for fellow writers that are struggling to keep up the minimum pace necessary to complete a 50,000 word novel in 30 days. Sometimes they’re just moving slowly, but other times they’re not […]

Fisticuffs at Dawn! The Writer’s Block Duel

I think it’s hilarious that the existence or non-existence of writer’s block gets people’s panties in such a tight little bunch. Unlike a lot of people, my feelings about it are lukewarm, maybe tinged with amusement. Is there a magical curse that blocks the flow of a writer’s creative source, sucking him dry and preventing […]