A few weeks ago, I had a touch of the <insert deep, echoing voice> dreaded Writer’s Block.
For nearly nine 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.
The root of this block was stress. As we know, stress can kill anything.
As I came out on the other side, I realized that the stress - Stress? Me? Nah, I'm not stressed!!! - was strangling my creative juices. The pressure wasn’t from one big thing. It was several small anxieties building up and was combined with a minor health issue—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, meditation, and exercise, brought me out of the stress cave. It’s funny because when I finally sat down to write, I plunked down nearly 1 K in a very short time. Woot! I’m back! It felt good.
Have you ever experienced writer’s block? What did you do to find your way back?
Between you, me and the gatepost,