It’s safe to say that it’s been a while. But as you Word Players should (hopefully) know by now, creativity is less like a steady, predictable stream and more like a raging thunderstorm; you just never know when the next “burst” is going to happen.
With that said, welcome back to another weekly edition of TGGP! This week’s issue is all about getting off the comfortable (yet frustrating) Writer’s Block.
Tha Writer’s Block (purposefully spelled that way) is that unsettling place a writer comes to when they’re all out of creative ideas. Similar to a physical block that houses a building, a part of a campus, or an apartment complex, Tha Writer’s Block is a place for the lost souls who, for whatever reason, are simply unable to create.
I call Tha Writer’s Block comfortable because just like a rut, it’s very easy to fall into and very, very hard to get out of. Sabbaticals, intense yoga rituals, prayers, and even the occasional rain dance are not enough to rescue the otherwise triumphant writer from this rut. It’s a catch-22: you end up on Tha Writer’s Block because you ran out of creativity, and the only way to get off tha Block is by creating something.
So how do you get out of it? How do you walk away from the mean, gangster-ridden streets of tha Block and in true Clark Gable fashion, never look back?
Amnesia. That’s how.
The definition of amnesia is the loss of a large block (no pun intended) of interrelated memories caused by brain injury, shock, etc. In this case, amnesia would be you completely forgetting that you’re even on Tha Writer’s Block in the first place.
Immediately cease and desist in constantly reminding yourself that you haven’t written anything in weeks, that you haven’t started that painting you’ve been meaning to get around to, or that you haven’t started that arts & crafts project yet, or that you can’t seem to find the motivation to do anything at all related to your field of creativity, no matter what that field may be. Telling yourself over and over again that you’re on tha Block is in no way going to help you get off it. But forgetting that you’re even there definitely will.
Once you enact this selective amnesia, you’ll find that the inspiration you’ve been eagerly lusting after will literally come swooping in when you least expect it. And that will only happen when you stop looking for it in every place imaginable. Being on Tha Writer’s Block will cause you to seek out inspiration of any kind in any place, shape, or form. If you’re in the creative zone, this is good. If you’re on tha Block, this is a self defeating exercise.
You must, all at once, stop looking for your “it”, and completely & utterly forget you’re on tha Block. Then, just like how it happens in the movies, your “it” will find you and will gracefully lead you off tha Block without your even knowing.
How do I know this? Because this very same process occurred to me over the duration of the past few weeks. I found myself on tha Block hopelessly lost, telling myself over and over again that I can’t seem to find a way out, asking where and how am I going to find inspiration, etc. Then, I stopped. I forgot that I was even on tha Block. I forgot that I was even a writer with a dedicated crowd of all of 64 Word Press followers, and I stopped even trying to look for my “it.”
And today, my “it” came to me. If all goes well, this post will help your “it” come to you too.
–THE GIRL WITH THE GOLDEN PEN