At times, a person’s opinion about a topic changes.That happened to me earlier this week when I sat down to compose a post about writer’s block for the group blog, The Author Chronicles. I participate in the blog with four other aspiring writers from Jonathan Maberry‘s Advanced Writing Workshop, and yesterday was my turn to post.
When I decided to write about writer’s block, I intended to say that I don’t view writer’s block as much of a problem. Whenever I have trouble proceeding with a current project, I go on to writing something else for a while before returning to the original project. Although I might make brief detours, I soon get back to the original project. I didn’t believe I’d ever actually been blocked from writing.
I tend to be a stickler for detail, as my critique partners can tell you. So, before I started writing the post, I wanted to make sure that I accurately understood the term writer’s block. I checked wikipeida for a definition and brief explanation. That was an eye-opener! To my surprise, I discovered that I myself have experienced the severe form.
I had considered the months when I could not write after my father’s death as a part of my grieving process, not as a case of writer’s block. In truth, such an inability to write is also considered an extreme form of writer’s block, which can be caused by the ending of a relationship as well as by illness, depression, financial difficulties, and other life-changing events.
That realization had me feeling kind of sheepish. I am now a believer in writer’s block and admit that I could have learned something by attending some of those workshops about the topic (the ones I’ve constantly avoided). And I’m really, really glad I didn’t publish the post I’d originally envisioned!
Check out The Author Chronicles for the specifics of how I’ve detoured the roadblocks thrown up by the temporary forms of writer’s block. Please add comments about your own experience.