You’re stuck on a story, not sure what to type next…is it another case of the dreaded “writer’s block?”
If you enter the words “writer’s block” on Amazon, it comes back with 337 results. I’m kind of shocked that 337 books could be written on the topic! Try it on Google and you’ll get more than three million articles.
That’s a lot of writing…about people who can’t write.
But is it truly a writerly condition? Or is it just your brain working out different possibilities for the story? Or maybe it’s the writer’s faithful friend: self-doubt?
The definition of writer’s block, according to dictionary.com, is:
a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work.
The term first came into use between 1945–1950. I’m not sure if that means writer’s before 1945 didn’t get blocked, or they just didn’t have a name for the “condition.”
I’ve gotten bored with stories and abandoned them. There have been times where I wasn’t sure which rabbit hole my characters should go down. Self-doubt has kept me from writing on far too many occasions. Still other times I had vague ideas that I couldn’t quite put into words until my subconscious worked it out for me. But I’ve never considered myself blocked.
What about you? Have you experienced writer’s block?