Most writers will have trouble with writer’s block at some point in their lives. The possible reasons for writer’s block are myriad: fear, anxiety, a life change, the end of a project, the beginning of a project . . . almost anything, it seems, can cause that debilitating feeling of fear and frustration. Fortunately there are as many ways to deal with writer’s block but trying something new is the first step toward writing again. – Ginny Wiehardt
Writers block can happen to anyone, anywhere and anytime. Sometimes we allow life to grow weeds in our dream garden and move on with life. But I wonder about ‘that’ over grown garden… When I return to this place, my characters, plots, adventures and dreams become so pollute I cannot ignore them. I immediately, grab my doodle book (with all my ideas and pictures) and begin writing down whatever scene or moment I dreamt about.Remember:
“There was those before us who had barriers. Our barriers are temporary and dwindling blocks to our successes.” – Erial Wheeler
This is where I find my greatest successes in those moments where the struggle is so painful that I know longer can ignore the voices and images in my mind. I become determined and desperate to doodle. Stephanie Meyer once said in a interview “I woke up (on that June 2nd) from a very vivid dream. In my dream, two people were having an intense conversation in a meadow in the woods. One of these people was just your average girl. The other person was fantastically beautiful, sparkly, and a vampire. They were discussing the difficulties inherent in the facts that A) they were falling in love with each other while B) the vampire was particularly attracted to the scent of her blood, and was having a difficult time restraining himself from killing her immediately. For what is essentially a transcript of my dream, please see Chapter 13 (“Confessions”) of the book.” – sourced The Story Behind Twilight
Throughout time and history there are many famous writer’s who experienced writer’s block and overcame their barriers to lead a very successful life. You can say writer’s block can be a gift but also a curse, that is if your procrastinate for many years with unfinished stories – stashed somewhere :)
Here are a few popular examples of writer’s block:
- The writer’s block is mentioned on various occasions in the 2006 film, Stranger Than Fiction. The character of Karen Eiffel admits to suffering from writer’s block when she is having difficulty envisioning how to kill her book’s hero, Harold Crick.
- n the 2004 psychological thriller Secret Window, which is based on the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” by Stephen King, the main character is a writer by the name of Mort Rainey played by Johnny Depp, who portrays a man who is going through a divorce and as a result is suffering from writer’s block.
- English rapper Just Jack‘s song “Writer’s Block” is about how he suffered from writer’s block while writing the song as he had too much else on his mind.
- Children’s author J. K. Rowling admitted she had experienced writer’s block while working on Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.
If you are truly stuck in a rut, please check out “Top 10 Tips for Overcoming Writer’s Block” by Ginny Wiehardt as the advice is honest, earthy and very sound advice that is worth while.
Also, I came across a wonderful quote to help inspire you if you a truly stuck and need that ‘extra push’ to pick up the pen and doodle.
"Sometimes when I think how good my book can be, I can hardly breathe." Truman Capote
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