That’s right, a quote from The Goonies! Although, I should point out that The Goonies actually has nothing to do with this post. But the one simple line does. We’ve all experienced the dreaded Writer’s Block, and it’s not some fancy party or amusement park. I find myself in the grips of this horrible monster- and have been for over a month. Sadly it’s not chained to the wall and it does not sound like Kong (yes, more nods to The Goonies).
(Cue the sad panda playing a sad trombone.)
I have been writing though, battling the beast like Gandalf fought the Balrog… I seriously wish it was that epic. It’s more akin to Andy from Shawshank Redemption trying not to get prison raped. But guess what, he does. So Writer’s Block has me bent over the prison sink, but I’m still fighting. I grudgingly force words onto the page every day. Every. Day.
I know that a lot of the time, we get the block when we don’t have anything to write. That part is not the issue. I have a Croste serial I need to finish- a lot of you have been waiting for it. I have a new trilogy with all three books blocked out; and I’ve started writing some of it. I have those neat little progress bars on the right side of the screen there showing four other projects I’m working on. I have two Anthologies I’m writing for- one for the Cosmothea Role-Playing Game, and the other for Charity to help fund Cancer research! And I still have my book, Beggars in the Streets of Time, coming out on December 1st.
So why is it that I’m fighting to sputter out any words? Your guess is as good as mine…
I wrote a post several months ago about Writer’s Block: Get Out Of Your Own Way. I tried giving advice on how to pass said literary stone from said brain bladder. (Hmm- don’t think that reference made any sense.) The big surprise? None of the things that have worked for me in the past are working. So I ask you, dear Reader, do you have any tips or advice? What things have worked for you to get past the block? How do you defeat your own personal El Guapo? See what I did there? That’s right, Three Amigos reference.
But seriously, do you guys have any advice? I’m on the verge of drowning my pet fish and throwing my bird off the roof!
(I don’t really have a pet bird or fish. I have a little dog named JP.)
I would love to hear from you fine, fine folks about how you deal with Writer’s Block. I know we all get it, I may not understand why, but I know it happens. Please let me know what you do to get over the horrors of the Writer’s Block.