Sure, we don't make millions of dollars, but we put a lot of effort into doing something we love. Hell, one in four of our fan letters aren't even death threats. So, we do enjoy it. But sometimes writing can be hard, even impossible. And barring incarceration, the reason for that 99% of the time is, you guessed it, writer's block. But writer's block probably isn't what you think it is, so we thought we'd explain.
1) Writer, Interrupted - Simply put, while you may have the best intentions of planting your ass at a keyboard, life has a tendency to intervene at the most inopportune times.
2) Fear - Fear is the biggest root of writerly procrastination. At least for those of us with a realistic perspective of our abilities. We know that once a project is done, it's eventually going to get read by actual people (who may or may not be our mothers), and the fear of that far-off judgment will keep us looking for anything to do but write. Mow the lawn? Sure. Change the oil on the car? You bet. Finish that troublesome manuscript in a timely fashion? Fuck no, I'm gonna go watch the mailbox for five hours to see if my Amazon order comes in today instead.
|You could frame the stuff we churn out after 12 beers|
You may notice that "Time" didn't make the list. This despite the fact that it seems to be the most common complaint we ever hear from fellow scribblers. Because that's a bullshit excuse, and falls readily under number 2. If you really want to get it done, it will get done. My advice? Drink lots of coffee. Not only will it keep you awake at the typewriter after a long day at your soul-sucking job, but it's also a natural laxative. So, bottom's up.
Any other ways to beat writer's block, aside from lethally caffeinating yourself or drinking yourself comatose?
Cheers and stay productive, friends,
Beer: White Rascal