Does anyone really know what “writer’s block” consists of? I think Johnny Rzeznik summed it up best when he described it as when you think everything you write is crap even though it is not. We all have these periods where we feel totally uninspired and cannot seem to find our “muse” or hear it when it’s trying to find us…Whatever it is, it does exist. I have only found one cure for this. You don’t have to buy books to cure it because the books lead you only to one thing to do: KEEP WRITING! That is right. Even if you only do this for five minutes a day, just keep writing–even if it is in your own journal. Sometimes economics preclude buying books anyway.
Sometimes we have a lot going on in our lives–so much that the muse has a hard time getting through to us. If so, then it’s best to have a lighter schedule and have some “me” time when you can. I think the big, bad writer’s block bullshit hits us when we have little to no “me” time–or “us” time when it comes to family. I know people get really hit with it when they are depressed, but sometimes the best cure for the depression is change. Be open to the idea of it. It may be something subtle–or a whole life-changing experience–but BE OPEN to the idea. Life has a way of changing the road that lies in front of you and it is probably for the best. Perhaps a family visit is in order, too if one hasn’t been home in a while. Sometimes that can wake up a lazy assed muse who is slacking…LOL
I write when I feel like it. Period. I have my days where I write the sappy stuff–which I don’t share because I don’t let folks see that side of me…Why? Because that side of me is the vulnerable side and I don’t share it much. Then I have days where I totally bitch, rant rave and moan–lacing it with some absurd humor. When I write music or stories, the rule is the same–I write what I feel and I don’t hold anything back. It is also the greatest thing on the planet to do it that way because if I am writing a story, I can play God, base a character on someone who pisses me off (usually a bully) and either kill those types off or make them suffer! Gee, sounds like that “Rabbit” character on “Banshee” but I use a pen instead of a knife…Very therapeutic…Non fattening and the suckers who really piss me off keep breathing to get theirs another day when their crap catches up to them! Watching that happen is the ultimate sort of vindication, I think.
Have you guys seen “Banshee” yet? Well if you’re not into nude scenes, change the channel but the story line totally kicks ass. Every character on there has a story, a motive, a purpose…I like how they use the .gif shop and website to fill in holes rather than spend too much time on flashback scenes in the series. It’s pure marketing genius in my book and 2.7 million viewers can’t be wrong. After all, it is the highest rated series Cinemax has had thus far. Innovation and ingenuity are key to its success. Plots and such are all original and not borrowed from elsewhere…I love it!