Good morning, all. Dana Mentink here and I'm just dropping in with a bombshell. I've recently concluded that there's no such thing as writer’s block. There, I've said it.
Writer’s block occurs in people who can afford to indulge it. Me? I’ve got a deadline. Block or no block, I’m sitting in that chair meeting that word count every day. If the muse isn’t cooperating, the words aren’t going to be fabulous, and they will have to be rewritten, or maybe even tossed in the trash can, but by golly those keys are clacking along in spite of any temporary lull in the motivation supply. I tell myself, just write, even a sentence or two can get the ideas started again. Or if I’m completely stymied, write something else. I’m always working on two books at once so I can alternate if needed. But you don't need to take my word for it. Here is some wisdom from two writers much more accomplished than I.
Phillip Pullman says, “Writer’s block…a lot of howling nonsense would be avoided if, in every sentence containing the word WRITER, that word was taken out and the word PLUMBER substituted; and the result examined for the sense it makes. Do plumbers get plumber’s block? What would you think of a plumber who used that as an excuse not to do any work that day?”
My favorite piece of advice comes from the fabulous Barbara Kingsolver.