4. Writer’s Block

Once the writing has begun, something might rear its ugly head and stop you in your tracks. You can’t get passed it. You stare and write and delete and stare some more. You leave the keyboard, kill time as only a procrastinator can, and return to be blocked some more. Real or imagined?

For most writers, “block” doesn’t exist. Here’s what some have to say about it:

Philip Pullman. “All writing is difficult. The most you can hope for is a day when it goes reasonably easily. Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block, and doctors don’t get doctor’s block; why should writers be the only profession that gives a special name to the difficulty of working, and then expects sympathy for it?”

Jeffrey Deaver.  “I’ve often said that there’s no such thing as writer’s block; the problem is idea block. When I find myself frozen–whether I’m working on a brief passage in a novel or brainstorming about an entire book–it’s usually because I’m trying to shoehorn an idea into the passage or story where it has no place.”

The quotes could be endless. The bottom line is write. If you get to a point where your imagination is lacking, plod through and come back to it later. By then, your inspiration will have returned. Keep in mind that writing is rewriting.

So does writer’s block exist? I think not.


Author: Alan A. Winter

I have the unique perspective of having four published novels, lecturing on how to write fiction while at the same time enjoying a full career as a board-certified periodontist. This duel career has and continues to enrich my life. I look forward to sharing what I have learned with others.

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