Please welcome Lydia Sharp, who was one of our FINALSTS in WU’s search for an unpubbed contributor. She wrote:
I wrote my first “book” in second grade (of my own initiative, not through the school curriculum); entered a state level short story contest in third grade; studied poetry, literature, and screenwriting in high school; and wrote several short stories all through my school years. Then Real Life got in the way, and I’m sure everyone is going to say that, too. It happens. The writing bug bit me again in early 2008. This was when I started viewing it as something I could do professionally, and set out to learn all that I could about the business and the craft. I’ve been continuing that self-education ever since, in addition to writing novel-length and short fiction.
Lydia’s post charmed us, as did her honest side note about how she’d had a hard time coming up with a topic to blog about for us.
A brief note about why I chose this topic. I was stressing out big time because I had an abundance of ideas and zero focus. I was blocked, and I know this is a common problem, so I wrote about what works for me. This article was the result.
Defeat the Wicked Witch of Writer’s Block
Click your heels together three times and repeat after me: There is no such thing as writer’s block, there is no such thing as writer’s block, there is no such thing as–
Sorry, Glinda, it didn’t work. The page is still blank, and the cursor is mocking me in perfect rhythm.
…are not alone.
All of us encounter obstacles that hinder our progress in some way. We call it writer’s block because we don’t know what else to call it. And for lack of a better phrase (because if we had any semblance of creativity within us at that point, there wouldn’t be a problem to begin with), we blame our absence of epiphanic brilliance on an abstract, um, something-or-other.
See. It hit me just now. You are my witnesses.
Writer’s block is an equal-opportunity destroyer of dreams. It does not care whether you’re writing your first novel or your tenth. Or if you write full-time or part-time. It doesn’t even care if you’re writing a novel, a short story, a poem, a query letter, a synopsis, or a blog post. It is one of the main reasons why some aspiring authors give up on writing altogether.
Don’t become a victim, Dorothy. You can melt the wicked witch of writer’s block with a few helpful tips from the Wizard.
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