Writers Block and Music

 

Writer's Blocks
Writer’s Blocks

I never really suffered from writer’s block.

That’s not me gloating or anything, it’s just something that never really hit me. I think part of that is because I’m a little bit of a sloppy first drafter. I really don’t worry about quality until I rewrite. I hate editing, but when it comes down it, well sometimes you can polish a turd.

Lately I’m starting to feel for all those troubled authors, because whatever writer’s block is, I have it. It started slowly. I was a little unhappy with the way my writing career has progressed, I let myself dwell on it and soon after I’d ended up in a full blown funk. From then on, whenever I’d sit to write, the words just wouldn’t turn up. It was if my mind had just given up and carried the sentiment right down to my fingers. I couldn’t write, and on some days, I couldn’t even figure out why I wanted to write. It was depressing.

Like I said, this isn’t a problem I’ve really faced before, so I had to figure out how to deal with it.

So I started learning to play the keyboard. Two weeks later, I know a few songs, and today I started writing a story that I really want to write. I wouldn’t presume to tell you how to fix your own writers block, but I can tell you that just getting some distance from writing, while keeping my mind working on something creative was just what I needed. I found myself reverting back to my long haired, pale-skinned teenage self who would hide away in his bedroom learning to play Stairway to Heaven on an old classical guitar I fished out of a skip.

And I know why I’d developed writer’s block. I’d let myself lose my love for writing and focus so much on a daily routine and good habits that it had become like a fiction factory line for me. I didn’t know why I was going forward or how I wanted to develop as a writer.

I still don’t, but at least I have a little to think about.

If you guys ever suffer from the dreaded block, I’d love to hear how you get past it.