Four writers sat around a table, commiserating.
“I write a lot about what I’m going to write. I have pages and pages of notes.”
“I have so many ideas… but I just can’t get started.”
“The story I end up writing is never as good as the one I imagined.”
“I get so antsy when I sit down—it’s impossible to concentrate.”
Believe it or not, these are all symptoms of writer’s block.
Before I began researching this affliction for a mini-workshop I was facilitating after the March meeting of the SF-Peninsula Branch of the CWC, I didn’t think I had ever suffered from writer’s block. My vision of a blocked writer was someone sweating in front of a blank page or screen, unable to write the first word. I never have that problem. But it turns out that, as with so many modern afflictions, the disease category is a lot bigger than we thought.
Please don’t stop reading if you don’t think of yourself as a writer, because the symptoms, causes, and potential cures apply to almost any creative endeavor.