Writer’s Block

I once heard someone say they didn’t believe in writer’s block. I guess that’s good, considering I know Someone else to put your faith in. But if we’re talking about the existence of writer’s block, I’m not sure I agree with them. I think their point was writer’s block is too often used as an excuse to not make deadlines.

Maybe there is a better title for it. Writer’s Distraction. Writer’s Laziness. Writer’s Too Busy Staring At The Gorgeous Sunny Day Outside.

As someone suffering from the last one, I have to admit – it’s hard pulling my eyes from the baby blue skies back to my mind-numbing computer. Honestly, I think I’ve discovered the reason I’m so fair-skinned. The wattage glowing from this computer screen doesn’t do much in the way of tans.

Right now, I’m attempting to write as much as I can on a new proposal and on the second book in the Maya series while Kody – curious little rascal – is sleeping on my ankle and not wandering the house trying to find something else he can play with. However, instead of getting anything done, I’m completely zoning out just like the little guy.

kody

In the past, I’ve been able to avoid writer’s block by making some kind of dessert or eating something made by a little company called Hershey and washing it all down with a huge cup of coffee. Four cookies later, though, and this particular method isn’t working. Maybe I’ve built up my immunity to chocolate?

Actually, I think it’s because anytime I’m sitting for more than twenty minutes at a time now, I start nodding off. Poor Jon – last night we watched a movie he had been wanting to show me. Make that he watched a movie. I promptly fell asleep on his shoulder. I couldn’t help it! The lights were off, we were cuddling under a blanket and our couch is one of those awesome sqooshy ones.

I think I way under-estimated how much energy a puppy takes. And he’s just one little puppy! My hat is off to women balancing kids and dogs.

So, to those of you struggling with writer’s block, I feel your pain. And I’m making a cup of coffee in your honor. And on top of that, I think I’ll set the laptop down for a few minutes and spend some time with the One who invented creativity.

Have a fantastic afternoon, everyone!

Erynn 🙂

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4 Responses to “Writer’s Block”

  1. Arianna Says:

    I’m working on my first novel right now, and with the first half of the story, the words just kept coming and coming. But now that I’m starting to get to the end of the story, I keep on facing writer’s block. I think the main cause of writer’s block for me, is that the story or plot will turn complex all of a sudden, or I run into a problem and I’m too lazy to fix it. LOL. Oh, well. Tomorrow I’m hoping to get a lot of writing done, and fix the current problem and move on 😉

  2. Kara Says:

    I’m currently having editors block – 45,000 thousand words down, another 45 to go and each page seems worse than the last. My poor manuscript looks like it’s been massacred by a red pen and now I’m at the point where I can see a glaring problem, know how much work it’s going to take to fix it and just can’t get myself motivated to do it.

    Worse it’s summer down here so I have gorgeous sunny days to contend with 🙂

  3. Jenn Says:

    Erynn~
    I’m sorry about your WB issues:( Although your idea to spend time with the Author of creativity is asesome, I like how you put that. Also am quite fond of your books, am reading Laurie’s stories again, for the 4th time! It’s intermittently cold out here, so the roaring fire & a good book & decaf coffee (something it took me 6 months to discover, I was going completely without-ugh) are being very good distractions for my overly pregnant self. Thank you for supplying the main ingredient!
    Jenn

  4. Jodi Says:

    Erynn,
    I’m actually suffering from writer’s block as well as just recovering from cellulitis. I was reading “Rematch” in the hospital. I’m almost done with it. I love the book. Just wanted to come in and thank you for your help in passing the time in the hospital.

    Speaking of coffee…I must share with you a new flavor that I just found. It is by Timothy and it is their Kona Blend. Yummmmmy!

    Hope all is well with you, Jon and little Kody!
    Take care and God bless,
    Jodi
    PS…I’ll let you know when I get to Match Point.

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