Do You Believe?
Over the last few months, I was asked several times if I ever suffer with writer’s block. My answer is always the same: no! Usually, I only struggle to put words on paper if I am not focused or if other parts of life prevent me, or rather distract me, from doing the work. September is proving to be an exceptional writing month for me so far due to setting myself clear aims and targets. And best of all, I am enjoying myself.
Earlier this week, I listened to a video interview with an author who was posed the writer's block question. She said that in her opinion writer’s block is a complete myth and doesn’t exist. Her examples (the bits that made me smile) were perfect. She pointed out that other professions don’t have blocks. Dentists don’t get dentist block, lawyers don’t say, “Sorry Judge, I’m having a lawyer block moment,” and teachers don’t generally stand at the front of a class and say, “Sorry kids but I’ve got teacher’s block today” (even though, as a teacher myself, I wish I’d have thought of saying something like that somedays). So why does the writing profession seem to have the option of a block?
In a recent article I read, a university lecturer stated that the perfect solution for combatting writer’s block (if it exists) is bum-glue. I would suggest Velcro myself, saves all the mess. But he has a point.
What do you think? Are you a believer of writer’s block and if so how do you combat it?