There's no such thing as writer's block
April 7, 2019
...until it happens to you.
Writing can be easy or it can be hard. Sometimes inspiration arrives when you least expect it, and other times the ideas seem to dry up and your story just stops flowing. Sometimes all of these things happen during the same project. Finding a way to get things moving again can be challenging, but it's never impossible. As the famous bank robber Willie Sutton supposedly said about safe-cracking, "There are easy safes and there are tough safes, but there are no impossible safes."
In other words, there is always a way forward.
There are lots of gurus and bloggers and self-help authors out there who have advice for aspiring writers on the subject. They suggest everything from putting aside your work for a week to sitting at your desk and staring at the blank page until something comes to you. Take a walk, take a nap, take a vacation. Write something, write nothing, write anything.
So how do you actually beat writer's block?
My way is by writing. I know it sounds like a contradiction, but writing is an exercise. It incorporates not just the mental, but also the physical. The mechanics of writing vary from person to person, but the physical act of scribbling on a yellow pad or typing on a computer or dictating your thoughts will often bring you back. If I write a letter or a grocery list or something else completely unrelated to my project, many times the path forward will present itself.
And if it doesn't, I just write something else until it does.
When Willie Sutton was asked why he robbed banks, he answered with an even more famous quote: "Because that's where the money is."
Your story is in your head. How you get it out and onto the page is up to you. And if you need help finding it again, take a walk, take a nap, or take a vacation.
Try writing something, try writing nothing, or try writing anything.
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After all, Willie Sutton didn't rob banks all by himself. Even the best need a little help from time to time.