Authors often talk about writer’s block, that inability to think of anything to write about, or at least anything to go on with the story they’re working on. Some people insist that writer’s block doesn’t exist, that if you just stay focused and disciplined you’ll never have times when you don’t know what to write. I have to say I disagree with that, because there have been times when I’ve sat at the computer with my timer going and my manuscript open in front of me, and absolutely nothing has come to my mind to type.
Sometimes writer’s block isn’t really a function of not knowing what to write, but of being distracted by other things despite one’s best attempts to focus. External things can interfere with writing, no question. When I feel stressed about personal issues, it’s hard for me to even sit down at the computer, never mind write. I don’t want to write, I want to make the stress go away. Of course, writing sometimes helps with that, but if my mind is racing too fast I can’t slow it down enough to write.
The title of this post wasn’t “Writer’s Block.” It’s “Blogger’s Block”, which is related to writer’s block but isn’t quite the same thing. Blogger’s block is when someone is expected to submit a blog post on a given date and can’t think of anything whatsoever to blog about.
I’ve been in that position before, on this blog as a matter of fact. So when in doubt, I blog about not knowing what to blog about.
Which is what I’m doing here, and which is why this is a short post. Have a great week, happy reading, and hopefully next week I’ll have something more profound to say.