The clean, chic definition for this condition is this:
Writer’s block: the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
This is a debated topic among those in the craft, and those who have their ideas about the craft. In a recent article, on the intelligence dropbox of Google, most people believe writer’s block is space in your psyche where you fear what you may or might say.
As one who has endured the traveling through the desert of writers’ block, I can assure you, writers’ block is real and two-fold.
Writer’s block is a real thing, that really happens to writers. Audre Lorde says for those that write, the times where we are not writing is painful, because writing it like breathing. There those of this ilk, of this guild who desire to write, and when we hit these impasses that stop the flow of words? It’s devastating! That devastation is real, tangible and heartbreaking.
The first step in confronting writer’s block is to acknowledge it. That is the scarier part–you must admit it exists, that this process indeed is happening to you. It is happening in the life of you work, may happen in the life of your writing career, and it can be overcome.
All is not will not be lost if you encounter it. Breaking through the walls of your own creativity is another matter. The walls to the writers’ block are real–even if only you can see them.
Jennifer P. Harris
Editor/Founder-Shekinah Glory Writing Services