It’s that time of month again 🙂 The question for April is: what does writer’s block mean for me?
First of all, let’s define this term. Dictionary.com defines writer’s block as “a usually temporary condition in which a writer finds it impossible to proceed with the writing of a novel, play, or other work.”
Writer’s block means different things to writers. Some writers know exactly what’s causing their condition; others have no clue. Either way, it’s a distressing feeling NOT being able to create. In many cases the more frustrated one feels, the worse this condition becomes. And If you have no idea what is causing this creative blockage, it can last for months or even years.
It took me a long while to put names to what cause the writer’s block in me. There are three that come to pester me from time to time:
- Procrastination: This is by far the most common one for me. They should probably create a professional procrastinator field because I would easily excel at it. I just love putting things off. You can call me laid-back, or just plain lazy—it means the same to me. Things eventually get done, but it’s usually at the last possible moment. Nothing like a little stress to keep the blood pumping hard, eh?
- Distractions: Most of my distractions come via the internet like Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest as well as YouTube, Pandora, Hulu and Netflix. The others are the mundane house chores, paying bills and balancing the check book…you know, life in general. I call these my distractions because they are just that since they keep me from writing.
- Mental Disturbances: aka depression and anxiety. There are so many layers to these so I don’t even know where to begin. Depression is like having darkness filling your inner most being and thoughts ’till you don’t care or have any energy to muster up anything creative. Anxiety for me fills my mind with negative thoughts that I am inferior and can NOT produce anything of value so I don’t even try.
Well, that’s writer’s block for me in a nutshell.
What about you?