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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Writer's Block...

Chicago as seen from the Indiana side on Lake Michigan
Photo by Loree Huebner

Writer's Block: The problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to finish a story, poem, etc.
~ Merriam-Webster

A few weeks ago, I had a touch of the dreaded Writer’s Block.

For nearly a eight days, I couldn’t write. I had no direction, no ideas, and no desire…not even a plot in my head. Blank! And right in the middle of a chapter to boot. In over ten years of writing, I had experienced one or two minor blocks before, but never one this long.

All writers get a touch of this at some point. The root of my block was stress. As we know, stress can kill anything. I headed up to Lake Michigan for a walk. I always seem to find inspiration at the lake. The outing did me a world of good. 

As I came out on the other side, I realized that the stress was strangling my creative juices. The pressure wasn’t from one big thing. It was several small anxieties building up - none of which had anything to do with my writing life.

Writer’s lives take on many forms, but we still deal with the everyday issues involving family, health, work, finances, and so on.

Prayer, nature, and exercise brought me out of the stress and back into the writing cave. It’s funny because when I finally sat down to write, I plunked down nearly two thousand words in a very short time and finished the chapter. It felt good to be back in the saddle.

Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What did you do to find your way back?

Between you, me and the gatepost,


Loree Huebner
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