It had to happen, we just had to get around to discussing that frustrating affliction I unaffectionaly call "Creative Constipation." Yes, on today's podcast Rachel and I asked the question: "How do you overcome writers' block"
My friend and author Matthew J Mimnaugh has once again agreed to guest post on this blog. Enjoy!
I've been writing since I was 8 years old, so in that VERY long time. Over the years, you start to learn things about being a writer. So today's blog post is me sharing 10 things I've learnt.
Today I'm going to talk about the Three P's of writing...and no, they aren't Pancakes, PJs and Procrastination (totally should be though, right?). The three P's are Patience, Perseverance and Professionalism. There may be more like pencils and plots but I think we will just stick to the main three. 🙂
Being a writer has its ups and downs. In fact, it's probably why writers (and other creative types) often have to live with riding the excessive emotional roller-coaster that comes from straddling reality and fantasy. I don't think people choose to be writers. They either are or they aren't. So, if you are feeling the pull drawing you to becoming a writer, here are some thoughts about it from me.
Today has not been a good day for me. So, in order to get through this "crash", I am feeling I've decided to talk about mental exhaustion. Mental exhaustion can lead to writer's block but there are many things that can cause writer's block so I wanted to focus on mental exhaustion separately.
When I started writing it was before social media and before every home had the internet. My parents never got the net while I was still living there and though I did get it when I moved out, the internet was a lot different than it is now. Chatting with friends was done via MSN …
I had drafted this article a while ago, however, a passing comment from someone I know, regarding losing heart made me decide to complete and upload it. Maybe this is a good time to discuss feelings of 'giving up' (works well with my last post, Creative Constipation).
A true writer loves to write, it is a passion that consumes, to some it is even a craving that needs to be fulfilled. So what happens when the words don’t come, the characters fall silent, the plot line stops... or worse. This is Creative Constipation (aka Writer’s Block) and every writer, from professional to amateur has suffered this. If you haven’t yet, you will – trust me. Writer's Block is one of the worst feelings a writer can experience. Even the best writers will suffer it at some point or another and truthfully it feels like complete crap!