I’ve never experienced writers block.
I know – I was talking to a friend yesterday and we had a whole conversation about writers block and she didn’t believe me AT ALL.
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But the truth of the matter is, long, long ago I used to have the same experience as a dancer where I would keep making the same mistake over and over and over again.
And I had this amazing coach (and instructor) who would just tell me, “You know what? Enough. Just stop! You need to just sit down!” And so I would do that. I would be forced to just sit down and do something else.
I would go take a walk around the track. Or I would go sit on my knapsack – or whatever. The point is that I learned early on that when you get stuck – when you get into a place where you can’t do what you need to do as a dancer, then you need to stop and do something else – because you’re just repeating the same mistake over and over again.
And I think in a lot of ways I’ve incorporated that into my life as a writer – and just in my life in general.
When something isn’t working, I stop doing it. I try to do something else. And then I come back to it.
I also think because I learned this at such a young age, I don’t see “writers block” as a negative thing.
I see it as a way in which my body tells me that I need a rest. That I need a break. Just like as a dancer, I would keep making the same mistake over and over again – and then I’d realize that the reason why I was making a mistake over and over again was because I was tired. I was exhausted.
Well when you write it’s not any different. We get exhausted. Our mind gets exhausted. We may not readily see that, or experience it, but the way in which I view that moment in time when I’m writing and I can’t really stop thinking about other things — or I can’t seem to keep myself focused, I see that as my body trying to tell me that I need a break. And so, I’ll go listen to music, or I’ll go take a run, or I’ll just go watch television for a bit and then I’ll come back to it.
And sometimes it’ll be 5 minutes later and sometimes it might be a day later. But what I don’t do is beat myself up for needing a break. And I definitely don’t call it a “block” — I don’t call it a “writer’s block” — I just call it a time for me to take a break.
I think if we see that as a positive — as resting period – as an ability to kind of rejuvenate – it becomes a much quicker thing to notice Number 1, and a much quicker thing to get through Number 2. Which means you can then get back to work! Usually with fresher eyes and a rested soul. And with much more enthusiasm to get back to your creativity — instead of beating yourself up for having “Writer’s Block”.
So, I just wanted to share that. I would love to hear how other people deal with this writer’s block phenomenon….
Thank you so much for stopping by — I appreciate it so much — and I hope you have a sweet day.
I’ll be back again soon.