Writer’s Block, Burn-Outs
A “slump”, “gone-dry”, utterly “lost”, it’s the legendary writer’s block syndrome and it’s tough on a person. Truly, catastrophic to burn-out for one accustomed to snappy sentences, witty scenes, or a floe of paragraphs enough to fill a sizable frozen sea.
Almost all of my activities have this phenomenon to pop up. The fine print should read: “Does Not include chocolate or coffee consumption.”
No answers here. I expect a block. I try (sorry ,Yoda) to keep a few simultaneous works-in-progress (W.I.P.) as part of my monthly plan. Or, if I get “off track” I schedule a three-day calendar check-in as a reminder to me, “you reported a writing outage on the 9th—how’s that going?” I’ll try anything to help get me out of a rut. Call it what it is.
Minds rebel against the “same-old-same-old” so creative activities demand a lot of us as dancers, as composers, as visual artists, and as writers.
My W.I.P’s can be similar in form, for instance, I may write short-stories, but different genres, poetry, but sonnets, and limericks. I think writing essays helps as a ‘block-breaker’.
Moderation, for me, is the order of the day with all counter-measures taken for the dreaded becalmed writer. Walking, but a small one, a movie, but one, I avoid bingeing to avoid yet another rut.
Then, the “hair of the dog” treatment, sometimes works: the mechanical work from brain to keypads or pens, the scratch of the paper, or the brassy ‘ding’ of a typewriter bell can put me back in writing trim. It’s a “shock” to action on a small scale.
I know I rely on my ‘sub-conscious’ mind for some of my writing, but I find a little help from personal diversions, some planning, also being kind to myself, and having alternatives helps me to reduce the lag-time between the last paragraph I completed, before full-block, and when I start anew.