A Different Point of View-Combating Writer’s Block


Do you get anxious when the well seems to have run dry?  I do. I get nervous, antsy, anxious, etc., when I cannot write.  Some days that damned blank page just seems to glare back at me in defiance!

I try to post something here several times a week.  If I can’t, it really bothers me.  It surprises me how much it bothers me.  A friend of mine said, “We write because we must write“.   I find this to be extremely accurate.

So what do you do when you’ve got that dreaded Writer’s Block?  I have found that what seems to work for me is to simply step back and find a different point of view.

Let me give you an example.

I had an amazing photo prompt that I was trying to write a poem for.  Nothing came.  Well, that’s not true.  Nothing postable came.  I tried for days!  I’d step away from it  (which helps sometimes) and go back to it at a later time and try again.  Nope.  Didn’t work.

What I finally did was to look at different versions of this photo.  I found one I liked and boom!  About 15 minutes later, I had a poem that I would say is one of my best.

So try a different perspective.  A different point of view.  You might just be surprised at what comes from it!

Copyright (C) 2019 Penny Wilson

Thank you for joining me on this journey! ❤  Penny

 

 

 

Crap Block


I don’t have writer’s block.  I’m writing.  But I’m not writing anything worth a damn.  I’m spewing crap onto the page.

I’ve got 5 or 6 things in draft, but none of it is worth seeing the light of day.

I have Crap Block.  My brain is blocked with nothing but crap and that is what lands on the page.

I want to write.  I’ve got the urge to write.  That itch that propels me toward the keyboard is there.  But what is happening between my brain and my fingertips is pure crap.

What’s the cure for Crap Block?

© 2017 Penny Wilson

S – Stuck


hole

I seem to be stuck.  I’m at the edge of the Rabbit Hole, but can’t seem to take the plunge!

Oh how I long for that Other World!  The one created in my mind, my soul.  This Other World is like my renewal!  It breathes life back into me!

I need to fall through the white page and gaze at that world beyond.  What have I missed there?

D – Dormant


This is my version of the A to Z challenge. 

D

Dormant

Meaning: Inactive but capable of becoming active

Dormant.  Boy does that ever describe me the last couple of months!  I’ve basically written Nothing since December.  Shame, shame.

That’s why I decided to give myself this challenge.  It is at least a way for me to write SOMETHING each day.  Maybe it will help me get back into the groove.

Another D word.  Have I just been too Distracted?  I’m not sure.

Those of us that write have all experienced this at one time or another:  I sit down with my faithful little laptop and stare at the blank page in front of me.  Nothing comes.

Somehow, I think that if I stare at that blank page long enough, like magic, something will pop into my head.  Lately, that hasn’t happened.

In the past, I would hear a line in a song, or something someone said and that was all I needed!   My mind was off and racing to fill up the white space on the page.  What the hell happened?  I’ve been stuck before, but not for this long!

Another D word.  Discovery.  Tomorrow I take off on my little adventure.  I’m going someplace I’ve never been before.  Just me.  All by myself.

I’m excited about this.  I look forward to seeing a new path of roadway and new scenery.

I’m trying very hard to Be Present.  “Enjoy the moments” is a phase that a friend of mine uses quite often.  Simple, but powerful.  It reminds me to stay focused on today, now, the present.  Tomorrow will take care of itself.

All we really have is the Now.  Tomorrow is never promised.  Yesterday is gone.

Well, looking back at what I’ve written here today… Wow.  I’ve really rambled today!  I guess this has been a good exercise for me.   Letting my mind just, go.  Writing it all down as I go.   Is it Good writing?  No.  But it’s writing and that’s the point.