In every phase of my life, I have always enjoyed writing. Sometimes just being able to have a place for my random, (and often odd) observations in life, to EXIST - served to free my brain for more 'thinking'.
I had a BLOG about 7 years ago and recently, I ran into this post. I wrote my blog under the pen name "Laundreah Line" (if you get the silly reference, then good for you!)...
and was responding to a creative writer who complained of "Writer's Block" - please...Enjoy!
Recently, a blocked writer sent this request for help…
“I’m a self-employed writer with serious writer’s block. I have tried chocolate, long talks with my dog analyzing the situation, multiple games of web sudoku, and staring dreamily out the window. I’m seriously afraid I may even resort to housework. HELP ME PLEASE!”
Dear Not Getting it…
Oh – how I feel your pain. Rest assured you are not alone! I would like to offer a spin on an often heard phrase – “Less is More”…My spin is that “More (and More) is Better”…More Chocolate, More visits with your dog, More visits with your neighbor’s dog, More daydreaming! Housework is a great way to free your inner creativity, as well. So do not think of it as a last resort. The more tedious the housework – the better your creative flow.
There have been times in the past when I began to feel the onset of Writer’s Block – or, as some call it – The Creative Clog. I found a really great clog-mover in a little writing exercise I call “Verbal Vomit”. Not a delicate way to describe it – but if you sit down and pound away at the keyboard, putting to cyber paper (or real paper-your choice) any and ALL ideas, words, sentences, phrases that come to mind – no matter how disconnected, lackluster, or pathetic they seem, before you know it – the clog begins to loosen, the block cleared and your flow is restored! In essence – the Verbal Vomit removes the stupid, inane, trite and otherwise vacuous Lexicon-toxins that are Blocking the Flow!
Don’t fight Verbal Vomit…it can be a writer’s best tool!
Casey Roake Peddicord, MA is a Counselor and co-partner of CenterPointe Therapists, PC.