Last night a friend and I were talking about writing and the pressure some writers feel when trying to come up with that perfect idea, phrase or direction. She commented that for some people she knew, the pressure of perfection grew so much it essentially crippled them, preventing them from writing anything at all. I replied that to me, that was just another form or writer’s block.
Ah, writer’s block, you wily sumbitch … you strike without warning, leaving us to twist in the wind like an old sweatsock forgotten on the clothesline. But wait … is writer’s block even real? There are tons of books, websites and seminars that promise to help you jumpstart your writing, cure writer’s block and help you get your groove back (although we hope it turns out much better for you in the end than it did for “Stella” recently); but do they help? If writer’s block is more than just a myth, more than a euphemism for “hey I’m tired and I don’t want to think no mo'”, are there different types of writer’s block? Do you experience writer’s block? What gets you over the hump? Maybe it’s a writing group, critique, writing challenges or perhaps a contest … or a hard deadline combined with a swift kick in the pants? Tell us what works for you and what doesn’t.