Yet others believe it's real, and I've had students ask about it, especially recently. The first thing to do, it seems, is define what we're talking about. What is writer's block?
- The fear that anything you write will be horrible?
- Inability to come up with a story idea?
- Inability to figure out what happens next in your story?
- Inability to concentrate because life pulls you in a million directions?
- Inability to get your protagonist out of the predicament you got her into?
- Self-protection: If your dream remains a dream, it can't crash and burn?
- The fear of showing your work to people?
Of course, if you hope to write as something other than just a private outlet, you must show your work to someone eventually. Now this may come across as a shameless plug, but it's one I believe in: One of the best ways for a beginning writer to find compassionate, knowledgeable, individualized, private help is to take an ICL course. (If writing for adults, you want Long Ridge.) This way, you only have to show your work to your instructor, you don't have to do it face to face, and your instructor balances kindness with knowing what he or she is doing. Hey, I have an acronym of sorts here: P(rivate), I(ndividualized), C(ompassionate), K(knowledeable) -- PICK! Uh -- well, okay, it is a word, though. :)
This is getting lengthy, so come back on Monday the 17th for discussion of writer's block definitions 2 through 5.
What do you think? Is writer's block real? What would you add to or subtract from my list?