I Don’t Understand Writer’s Block

As I randomly surf various writing blogs and websites, I always come across articles about Writer’s Block.

How to Beat Writer’s Block.

Way’s to Cure Writer’s Block.

10 Tips for Sufferer’s of Writer’s Block…etc…

I don’t get it.

No, really… I don’t get it. I’ve never had this so-called “writer’s block” and I’m having a very difficult time understand just what it is, how it happens, and why its such a big deal that everybody and their mother has to write about it. I don’t want to jinx myself and say that I never WILL suffer form a lack of creativity… but I honestly just do not understand the concept.

Not having enough TIME to write… I understand. Not having enough energy to write… I understand. Too many distractions and other obligations… been there/done that/still doing it.

Having nothing to write? That’s inconceivable to me. Trying to explain “Writer’s Block” to me is like trying to explain the concept of dehydration to a fish.

I’ve quite recently come to accept the fact that I will NEVER live long enough to write all the stories that I have stashed away in my notes and/or memory. Maybe you think I’m bragging or being some kind of egotistical asshole…. no. I literally have more ideas than I have time left to live. And yes, that is EXACTLY as depressing as it sounds. If I lived in a cave with all my needs taken care off and nothing to do but write and stay alive… I would still die with a stack of notes on my hard drive. I have no shortage of ideas. Given any specific idea, I have no shortage of ways I could implement it with characters and plotlines. No shortage of ways I could weave it into OTHER ideas that I’ve had before to create something larger. Writer’s Block? Please… I come up with an “epic storyline” every third day. Once a week, during a ‘slump’.

So maybe writer’s block is about the actual words. Have I ever sat down in front of my word processor and the words just weren’t there?

Yeah. Wanna know how I fixed that? Eight hours of sleep, followed by eight hours of work. Works every time. By the time that empty word-processor screen shows up again, I’ve got plenty to say. I may not have the TIME or the ENERGY, but the words are chomping at the bit and ready to go.

So I just don’t get it.


  1. Loki, December 28, 2008:

    I guess I can understand your view on that. When I say I have writer’s block, the ideas are there just not the words to put them down onto paper (or in a pixelated form XD). I think that is what most people mean when they say they have writer’s block.

  2. WeREwOLf, December 28, 2008:

    What Loki said. THAT’S where I hit brick walls all the time (well, did, back in the day when I was even making an effort to write anything). Shortage of ideas is not the problem at all, it’s getting the words to come out right.

  3. coops200ad, December 28, 2008:

    Same-same. You know where you’re going but not how to get there or vise-versa or you hit those patches where you want two sentences to explain something profound.

    These are the only blockages I have. Running several projects I am truly interested in helps switch focus too. When the fuel runs out I recharge with beer and rum.

  4. nate, December 31, 2008:

    I don’t know how people do it. I’ve never tried to put the words down, but have carried a few characters and plots in my head for quite a few years now. Maybe one day I’ll give it a shot myself.

    The guy who wrote the Sennadar books is another one who I can’t figure out how he gets the time to write. He’s been pumping out whole chapters on a fairly regular basis for the past year or so, and from what I gather on his message boards he’s also a full-time student of some kind.

    All I can really suggest is to pick a story and see it through. The recent comments about working on The Forgotten and In Deed in 2009 are good examples. The few of us fans are hanging for the ending of those stories, but also looking forward to whatever comes next.

    Have a safe and happy new year.

  5. DarkIcon, December 31, 2008:

    Oddly enough, I didn’t write at ALL in college, and that’s when I had the most free time. My highest writing productivity started about 6 months after I got out and started working. It lasted for a few years before it peaked and fell off drastically. I honestly can’t see myself having that level of productivity again (and still maintain both a job AND a wife).

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