Oh I talk a good game. I tell you not to believe in Writer’s Block, the Loch Ness Monster of the word world. But just because Writer’s Block is a myth doesn’t mean it’ll always be smooth sailing when you write.
Take today—well, yesterday by the time you read this. I had to add maybe two sentences to a draft I’d been working on. Two paragraphs at the most.
No, it’s really not always easy
Most days I can turn out 300 words in under half an hour, so this should have been a piece of cake.
Cake…yeah, that’s about the only thing I didn’t eat as I tried to avoid my work. Everything seemed to get in the way: the constant rain (I felt trapped inside), the conference calls that punched a hole in my day, the exhaustion that overtook me as soon as the calls were done.
Did I remember all of Elizabeth Gilbert’s wonderful advice about dealing with fear? Reader, I did not.
Did I remember any of my own wonderful advice about just making your fingers hit the keys, even if all you end up writing is “I have no idea what to write”? Negative.
Did I…yeah I know lists are supposed to have three things in them. But whatever the third thing would be here, you can rest assured I didn’t do that either.
I moped. I pouted. I napped.
I felt like a hypocrite.
And then I remembered that I’m not a hypocrite; I’m a human being.
So I popped a piece of dark chocolate and I sat my ass down at the keyboard. Well, in my chair in front of the keyboard.
And I wrote what I needed to write.
It may not be the most brilliant work I’ll ever do. But it’s done—and that’s the most important thing.
It’s not always easy. But you can’t let fear silence you.
So write, already.
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