Thursday, April 16, 2015


Writer's block doesn't exist.  Take this test:

1. Get a fresh blank document open or pad of paper and pen if you compose that way.

2.  Write down, in chronological order, the things you have done since you got up.  Examples would be like, "I ate a bowl of cheerios."  Or, "I got the kids off to school safely ad prepared to learn."  

3.  When that list is exhausted, go check your filing cabinet.  Take assessment of all the state of development your stories are in.  Go back to the blinking cursor or point-on-page.  Prepare a list of ten questions to yourself why each one in in the state it is in.

Be specific, like, "Why is this character doing what they are doing in this scene?"  Or, "Why did I choose this setting or circumstance for this plot point?"  Or, "What are the logical choices I made for distilling this particular story arc? Did I really distill the DNA of this story?"  "What is the degree of specificity in the logical description of my story world?"  "Is the character back story and biography in depth and goes back two generations?"

All these things relate to how well you know the story you are telling, how well the foundation is for telling it and whether or not you are prepared in the information architecture sense for articulating details about action, conflict or character or dialogue.  

I guarantee one of two things will happen.  

Either you will find yourself writing to fill in the above or continue the work through completion, or, you will discover your story choice to author did not mean enough for you to complete it.  

Presto!  Myth vanishes.  Professional reality triumphs. Stop the presses!!!

Most writers are mistaking a deep feeling of wasting time and poor choice from your creative faculty's point of view. It has given up on helping you work on it for solid reasons.  It is nine times smarter than your waking self, you realize that don't you?   Because the creative faculty is subconsciously located, we can't always recognize what it is trying to tell us when we are awake and conscious. 

That is what idle time is for; to give us the play space in our heads to bring the two together in neutral territory and perform creative mental processes, which is another blog in and of itself. 

So slow down the intellectualism if you want to speed up the creativism.

In other words, it is a story you were meant to tell and you had to write it.  

The two are inextricably linked, by the way, and you will learn how to make better artistic choices from then on.  

It's not your writing's fault, or your creativity's fault, it is your fault for not being personally accountable to your meaningful artistic path.  

That path is composed of one's ideas, themes strung together from series or relationships between ideas and other things.  

This is the path to fully realized concepts, superconcepts and their apex - masterpieces.

So like being a Jedi, it is a most sobering endeavor.  If it was easy, it wouldn't be any good.

One of my rules for writing is never start a story you aren't ideologically compelled (and that is a strong enough standard) to finish. That is not exclusive, fantasy, poetry and fanciful writing can be meaningful enough for you to have to write them.  Meaningful is the operative word.

Passion wanes.  Meaning sustains.  Everything I say is copyrighted, Holmes.

In other words, it was not a story your were meant to tell, and you can't write it because your creative faculty has chosen not to waste your time.  It is you, despite our reliance on rationale.  

So you say you are blocked, like people say I can't play tennis or learn to play a musical instrument.  They can - they just don't want to invest the effort and time because it does not mean enough to them to finish with any degree of perceived accomplishment.  Dieting is like that.  Its. A. Myth. 70% of the time, 'can't' means 'won't.'

You can't write it because you weren't meant to on the right levels necessary to ensure contribution and cooperation from the creative faculty to complete the creative conceptual work and enter the technical/mechanical side of writing - the drafting process, the editing process, manuscript mechanics, proofreading, copy editing and so forth.  

This is true of both works of significant thought as well as of sufficient length - for we all know the longer the story in terms of word count, the more accurate and of depth the logic must be.  

Otherwise, like so many other copywriters and advertising writers around here posing as real writers are just trope regurgitologists (fifty quick plots or ten steps to blog design), writer's block is just a perversion of real, meaningful literary cultural contribution.

It's a sum business, people.  You don't live forever.

I could not think of a greater waste of talent or precious time with perhaps the exception of, oh, gambling.

It falls under the same category of the tooth fairy and Santa Clause - the lies we tell ourselves are true.  Humans are excellent at tricking themselves and creativity is one of those areas where we trick ourselves the best and most convincingly.

This boils down to just one thing.  The greatest fool is one who fools themselves.  

Don't be fooled by the tricks of myth.  Myths can be sophisticated plots we suspend disbelief for. 

The Lone Comic TM
Defender of Creativity and Entertainment SM
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