Writer’s Block, A Condensed Form of Hidden Potential
by S. S. Bazinet
“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown.” ~ Wikipedia
In my case, writer’s block lasted for nearly twenty years. That’s a lot of writer’s block. Happily, since that time, I’ve written a dozen books. So how did I manage to get beyond that crushing state of emptiness and frustration?
Recently, I had a surprise take on my “blocked” journey. I can summarize my discovery in one word, energy. Energy can be defined as “the strength and vitality required for sustained physical or mental activity.”
Unfortunately, I was lacking in vitality during those years of writer’s block. Worn down by circumstances and a sense of failure, I sat with pen and paper and nothing happened. I’m sure my creative self was there. It had to be. One’s heart and soul can’t just disappear. So why couldn’t I get in touch with those parts?
Looking back, I know my opinion of myself was bleak, and I didn’t trust myself to navigate life successfully. I think that’s where the block in my writing originated. A dam or barrier was formed by my “damning” labels of myself.
However, the First Law of Thermodynamics states, “Energy can neither be created nor destroyed.” For me, that meant that I might have blocked my creativity, but that “block” of energy was still there. It simply had to be given a way to flow again.
After numerous setbacks, I understood that the flow had to begin in how I defined myself. I had to have faith in who I was. It was a big step, but I finally took a chance on myself. That’s when things slowly began to move. Eventually, I became the captain of that ship I called my life and set sail. It took time to get my sea legs. But as I steered my way through some narrow channels of residual fears, I made better decisions for myself. Eventually, I got bold enough to announce my new course in no uncertain terms. I made a vow to stop criticizing myself and to enjoy whatever I wrote. That very afternoon, I was rewarded for my brave declaration.
It was a warm, summer day, and I decided to write outside in the backyard. Armed with a new sense of freedom, I didn’t have the slightest idea about what to write. I simply put down whatever came through my creative channel. By the time I went back into the house, I’d penned the first pages of “Michael’s Blood.” The words had flowed out on their own. After that, day after day, the flow continued. After a little more than a year, I’d written the first drafts of six books. My word count reached 570,876 words. My writer’s block had been transformed into a bountiful zest for writing that’s never waned. How’s that for energy unleashed?
About the Author:
A number of years ago, I gave myself the freedom to write from a much deeper part of myself. Some might call that part the heart or perhaps the soul. Whatever the label, wonderful things happened. Stories unfolded in new and exciting ways. My writing became a transformative process for both my characters and for me. Now, my fondest wish is that my stories not only entertain my readers, but that they also provide them with moments of clarity and a deeper connection to themselves.
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