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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
Writing with one foot in the past...
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Terri Tiffany said...

First your picture is breathtaking! Awesome! and yes I have writer's block now--for the second time in years. I am ready to write my next book and nothing is coming. So like you, I am taking photos and reading until it comes back.

Loree Huebner said...

Terri: Your photos are beautiful! I think we need something else creative to keep our mind on when we get that writer's block. We must keep the creative juices flowing at all times. Thanks for stopping in!

troutbirder said...

Been awhile on my part. And I'm glad to see you got over the "block". Stress will do it for sure. Been there done that....:)

Marianne Kearns said...

Lemme fill-you-up, lemme fill-you-in withe epiphany, the avant-gardeness and wisdom necessary to achieve Seventh-Heaven, dear ...or if you have friends who are on-the-fence, lettum also see this. A great evangelizing tool from Jeee-sis, brudda...

If 'freedom lies in being bold' (Robert Frost), doesn't pushing-the-envelope also result in the Elysian Fields of Utopia? If I'm the sower, we plant the Seed; if I'm an artist, we RITE the symphonies heard Upstairs ☆IF☆ we accept His lead withe orchestra...

Wanna find-out the fax, Jak, in a wurld fulla the 'power of cowards'? Wanna wiseabove to help a 'Plethora Of Wurdz' [POW!] which are look'n for a new home in thy novelty?? Yay!

Q: But [gulp] can anyone tell me the difference between K2/IQ? A: Nthn. In Heaven, we gitt'm both for eternity HA! Need a few more thots, ideers, wild wurdz (whoa, Nelly! easy, girl!) or ironclad iconoclasms?

VERBUM SAT SAPIENTI (Latin: words to [the] wise): As an ex-writer of the sassy, savvy, schizophenia we all go thro in this lifelong demise, I just wanna help U.S. git past the ping-pong-politixx, the whorizontal more!ass! we're in and wiseabove to 'in fine sine fine' (Latin: in [the] End without End -Saint Augustine).

"This finite existence is only a test, son," God Almighty told me in my coma. "Far beyond thy earthly tempest is where you'll find tangible, corpulent eloquence". Lemme tella youse without d'New Joisey accent...

I actually saw Seventh-Heaven when we died: you couldn't GET!! any moe curly, party-hardy-endorphins, low-hanging-fruit of the Celestial Paradise, extravagantly-surplus-lush Upstairs (awww! baby kitties, too!!) when my o-so-beautifull, brilliant, bombastic girly passed-away due to those wry, sardonic satires...

"Those who are wise will shine as brightly as the expanse of the Heavens, and those who have instructed many in uprightousness as bright as stars for all eternity" -Daniel 12:3, NJB

Here's also what the prolific, exquisite GODy sed: 'the more you shall honor Me, the more I shall bless you' -the Infant Jesus of Prague.

Go gitt'm, girly. You're incredible. You're indelible. Cya Upstairs. I won't be joining'm in the nasty Abyss where Isis prowls
Revelation 14:13
PS Need summore unique, uncivilized, useless names?? Lemme gonna gitcha started, brudda:

Oak Woods, Franky Sparks, Athena Noble, Autumn Rose, Faith Bishop, Dolly Martin, Willow Rhodes, Cocoa Major, Roman Stone, Bullwark Burnhart, Magnus Wilde, Kardiak Arrest, Will Wright, Goldy Silvers, Penelope Summers, Sophie Sharp, Violet Snow, Lizzy Roach, BoxxaRoxx, Aunty Dotey, Romero Stark, Zacharia Neptoon, Mercurio Morrissey, Fritz & Felix Franz, Victor Payne, Isabella Silverstein, Mercedes Kennedy, Redd Rust, Phoenix Martini, Ivy Squire, Sauer Wolfe, Yankee Cooky, blessed b9... (or mixNmatch)

God blessa youse
-Fr. Sarducci, ol SNL