Sorry I haven’t written in a while. It’s just that I’ve been busy writing.
No, really, though. I finished the rough draft of the final draft of The Psychnomast, and while that’s off being torn apart by my lovely sister slash editor, I began a new script that I will hopefully get published. Because a) I enjoy scripts and they take less time to get to a place where I like them than books do and b) my entertainment and recreation jobs don’t exist right now, so writing is, like, my only job that I can still make money from at the moment.
So, script. I’ll let you know how that goes.
But, anyway! What’s that title all about, huh?
Well, exactly what it says.
I have, on this blog, mentioned my virulent opposition to the truth of the existence of “writers block.” I have neglected to share my full thoughts on the matter, though. And while I procrastinated for 5 hours on writing anything today, I thought, “you know what I could write about? Why writer’s block is a BIG FAT LIE.”
So here we are.
Listen. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, even if they’re wrong.
The only authority I have to speak on is my personal experience. To be fair, I am young and lack life experience, but I have also been writing for the vast, vast majority of my life, short though it may be.
I understand being stuck while writing. Not being sure how to proceed. Being confused.
But LISTEN HERE, there’s a difference between something being difficult to do and a strange, inexplicable, mysterious force that makes it impossible for you to get any writing done.
Want to know how you get through a block? You pick a direction and go with it. Even if how you forge through the block turns out 10 pages of trash, there’s this fun little thing called “editing” that’s designed specifically to fix trash bits of writing.
Is it easy to pick a direction and just keep writing? Not necessarily. But it’s also what I like to call “completely doable.”
I do understand the appeal of writer’s block as an entity, though. It means you don’t actually have to find the grit to get through a difficult spot. It’s nice, convenient. Lazy, but who isn’t, sometimes?
Doesn’t make it any less of a myth. It’s just a widely beneficial myth.
Ironically, I was driven to write this post because I’ve come to a part of my script that’s kind of sticky, so I spent all day today not opening the doc to work on it. But if I just open the doc and start writing, I’ll get through it.