More on Writer’s Block

Okay, let’s talk about writer’s block again. You know you want to.

Writer’s block is what we call it when we can’t seem to come up with something to write. And it’s basically one of the most awful things a writer can experience… until you know how to deal with it.

One of the most intimidating part of writer’s block is the blank page, the blank screen, the blank whatever. You stare at that glaring whiteness (or some other color if that’s your thing, I guess), and there’s nothing there. At all.

In essence, it is like you are expected to become God and create something out of nothing at all. “And then there was light!”

It’s not that easy, is it? You can’t force words upon the screen. Now, for me, writing these posts comes easy to me when I’m in the mood to talk about whatever it is I’m talking about. The other side of the coin is why I haven’t had as many of these lately. It’s hard to go, “I’m going to sit down and write about writing.” It’s one of those things where I have to be in the mood to do it. And that’s okay. If I can’t come up with something, I can fill that space with a quote or picture or a prompt or something.

But that’s a different story. You are needing to write for yourself. And sitting here on Tumblr isn’t getting that done.

So you flip to your word processor (Hey, I don’t discriminate), and there it is. It’s terrifying. A blank space that is yearning to be filled with your words.

Now, this is kind of unorthodox, but trust me on this. I want you to go to your word processor and type a few lines of gobbledygook. Let me show you what I mean.

ajerf;aoijgwalhg;oeargh;aejrg;aegr;oaerg;oaergo;jejna;jnnewhoruwhtnvk

Mash your fingers on the keyboard. I’ll wait.

You done?

Good.

Now, look back at it.

Look! There’s something on the page! Look at it! You’ve created something! Yes, it’s nonsense, but it’s your nonsense. Isn’t that nice?

Now, from here, you can decide what to do. You can start writing now that the intimidation of pure white space is gone. If you’re still not sure what to write about, pick the letter that shows up the most in your gobbledygook. Now, put it down on the page, on a separate line. Now come up with a word that starts with that letter. And write the sentence to come after it, that which, in your mind, most logically follows that first word.

Now run with it.

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