- N. N. Light
Instead of Forcing Open an Obstacle, Flow Through It! #WednesdayWisdom #inspiration #NaNoWriMo
I don’t think that writer’s block exists really. I think that when you’re trying to do something prematurely, it just won’t come. Certain subjects just need time; you’ve got to wait before you write about them. – Joyce Carol Oates
I woke up this morning in a bit of a fog. Sitting on the edge of my bed, he sat smirking at me. The big blue monster all writers deal with: writer's block. I closed my eyes and prayed that it would just go away. I opened my eyes and he was still sitting there, gloating.
I got up and went to go get breakfast ready. My brain had officially taken leave without telling me. No thoughts or ideas appeared. I sighed.
Not today, I thought.
So many times, as writers, we dread writer's block. When it hits, the natural reaction is to panic and try to force the issue. But that's not always the best solution.
Have you ever tried to open a container of pickles? Sometimes it just won't open. You try all the tricks you know and still it won't open. You set it down in disgust and walk away. A few minutes later, you come back and someone else has opened the jar for you.
Writer's block is that jar of pickles. If you force it, you will only end up hurting your hand or worse yet, spilling pickle juice all over the kitchen floor. Instead, flow through it. Don't force the thoughts/ideas. When they are ready, they will appear.