The Ultimate Rivalry: The Writer vs. The Writer’s Block

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It’s an all too common problem, one that resembles a kind of spontaneous disease, slaughtering any sort of imaginative concept or thought.

It waits in the shadows, striking at the most inopportune moment, unashamed of its nefarious villainy.

It laughs manically at your pain, depositing chaos with flawless frequency like a child would with a piggy bank and a copper penny.

It constantly conceals your words, hiding them, twisting them into unrecognizable shapes; keeping your desired creativity under lock and key.

It attacks you from all angles, expressing itself through manipulation.

It’s that little voice in your head that tells you whatever your writing sucks, big time. Normally, for writers, hearing voices in your head tends to be a good thing. Yet, that voice is the one annoying, nagging, soul crushing exception to the rule. And no matter how many times you order that incessant drone to take a long walk off a short pier, it never listens.

Writer’s block can seem like a death sentence to any tenacious, self-motivated writer hoping to compose a promising chapter or two. However, it’s something we all (unfortunately) have to deal with, no matter how extremely infuriating and frustrating it is. It’s part of the job.

I deal with it on an almost regular basis, fighting it off as long as possible until the cancer takes over. It finds me in my sleep, mechanically removing all traces of passion and necessity. Awareness only sets in when my mind is unable to find the phrases I desire, as the blank page screams from its fixed place. My only hope is to swim to shore and avoid being declared lost at sea.

The fact is, there probably never will be a cure for writer’s block. The writer and its opponent are forever destined to dance an eclectic tango; a relationship fated as a battle between will and strength. It’s also a fact that writer’s block is a selfish creep who will take any opportunity he has to hinder you into submission. The goal is to deflect his advances and keep writing. Determination may fade, but inspiration is always around the corner. It may seem like the most impossible task in the world, but you have to pick yourself up, and renew your zeal.

Have you ever had a serious case of writer’s block? How do you combat it? Are you familiar with THE Voice? Tell me in the comments!

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. Emma says:

    I don’t know if I entirely believe in writer’s block. In my case anyway when I tell myself I’ve got it, usually I’m just being lazy. Watching a TV show you love, reading a book that feels like an old friend or just listening to music can help the muse.

    1. You’re lucky, very lucky. I deal with it all the time. There was about a year where I couldn’t write anything at all. That was the worst of it, though. It usually lasts a few days or so.

      I associate it with a feeling. There’s this feeling I have that just makes me want – need – to write. Some days I have it and some days I don’t. I WISH I could just listen to music or read something and get my “groove” back. It helps, but when I really have to get something done, I just have to tough it out.

      I don’t think it makes me any less of a writer. It just takes a me a little longer to get where I’m going. Lol. 😀

      1. Emma says:

        I’ll probably get severe writer’s block someday now and won’t write for a year. 🙂 Actually, that’s not very funny!

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