The Writer’s Drawer has a blog. And a blog needs posts, regular posts. I can’t rely on guest bloggers to do all the work all the time. And while I enjoy hosting them, waiting for the next guest blog is just opting out, choosing the lazy way. So, although I’ve got blogger’s block I’m writing a post because – well, like they say, “publish or die,” or rather “post and die.”
Most articles about writer’s block deal with it in the context of professional writing or novel writing. Many great writers suffered from it − Leo Tolstoy, Virginia Woolfe, Ernest Hemingway. But believe me, bloggers have it, too. They must! Some bloggers post something everyday. They can’t possibly keep it up without pausing sometimes and thinking, what the f*** can I write about today! Or, maybe I’m wrong? Maybe they are a different breed of people altogether, one that is never lost for words.
But what does it actually feel like to have writer’s block? It’s an emptiness, a lack of inspiration, an absence of triggers – the sense that there’s absolutely nothing either inside or outside your life or mind that you’re inclined to write about. Things might be happening around you but they’re not something you wish to discuss. Maybe in my case, that’s a sign that I shouldn’t be a blogger? That I should concentrate on writing the occasional review or essay, as I did in the past?
One gem I came across made me laugh and think at the same time: "There is no such thing as writer's block for writers whose standards are low enough" – this by American poet William Stafford. He meant, of course, that however we feel we should just force ourselves to write and eventually something good will come out of it. It might take hours, it might take days, weeks, months, years – but eventually we will see the light and a creative piece will be born that will make us proud – and famous. Ha, ha, ha!
Another idea I found that could be connected to the issue of writer’s block is National Novel Writing Month, run by Amazon’s CreateSpace. Over the 30 days of November, writers compete to compose a 50,000 word novel – that is, 1,667 words a day! And they get thousands of entries. Such a task would require great discipline, but it would certainly be a galvanizer and a challenge. Although it’s not clear from the website how it works, presumably, they have all year to think about a subject.
And now we return to my little effort. I’ve applied myself to writing a post and this is the result. Four hundred and eight-six words about nothing in particular; I won’t tell you over how many hours.