What is writer’s block? What form does it present itself? Is it a road block that forces you to make a detour? A stop sign that eventually allows you to yield slowly by?
Is it a DO NOT ENTER sign that teaches you a lesson for ignoring its warning only to be faced with a dead end, your instincts for a project or idea completely wrong?
Is it a huge brick wall? Is it newly constructed made of the toughest materials or aged & fragile? Do you find a way around it or break right through like a wrecking ball?
Is it criticism made by others, zombies devouring your confidence, forcing you to run fast or ignore the voices that discourage you? Do you use your pen as your weapon of choice & write anyway, leaving the wake of zombie blood on the road to creation.
Is it the inner critic filled with self-doubt, an annoying imp constantly whispering “You have no idea what the hell you’re doing!”
Is it the lack of time? Not enough hours to visit the worlds you’ve seen in your sleep, the topography barely within your reach. A fragment of air you think you can hold but cannot.
Is it the lack of experience? The fear of crossing the line? Exploring what no one dares? The fear of rejection?
Is it lack of resources? An oppressive environment?
A true writer overcomes all these but is without luck if she cannot answer the following:
"What does the hero/heroine want to accomplish most of all in order to feel
"Is what the hero/heroine aiming for honorable or selfish?"
"Does his or her actions help redeem others, even himself or herself? "
We all have stories to tell. Surprisingly all carrying the mythos of all the themes all great tales possess. It is only the players, the stage, & motivation that slightly changes…
When we find the key to our heroes’ motivations & even their fears, we can possibly find a crack to the obstacles that create our personal writer’s block.