No Such Thing As Writer’s Block · 31 January 2013
There is no such thing as writer’s block. It is just a myth.
For me, writer’s block is a made up force like centrifugal force. Centrifugal force is a physics phenomenon that does not exist and yet everybody knows about it. Physicists must have given up on people who said that they experience an outward force when they go on a curved path. In reality, they are feeling the reaction force to the very real centripetal force, which few people have heard anything about. Physicists must have gotten tired of explaining the physics behind circular motion and just agreed with people who insisted centrifugal force exists.
Writer’s block is like that. Everybody has heard of it, because some people say it exists. But in reality, it is a made up force that is really just a choice people make. It is really a choice to not write.
Lots of people say they want to write a book that becomes the next bestseller. What they really mean is that they want the rewards that go with having written a bestseller. Even if they do sit down at a desk or computer, they never really intend to write. So instead of telling people that they are just dreaming and have no intention of writing, they say they have writer’s block. It is a made up phenomenon used to masquerade a person’s true intentions. I know this sounds harsh, but it is true.
I used to think that I wanted to be a writer. But I could never find the time. Then, I could not find the words. I could write when I was inspired, but that happened only occasionally. I found any excuse to not write.
Finally, I decided I really did want to write. I found that I could write if I gave myself a deadline. I could put out a weekly blog post even if I did not believe I had anything to say when I sat down at the computer. Now, I put out something every day. It may not be polished. It may not even be fit for human consumption. But I write and I put it out there.
I guess what it comes down to is the old saying: Any excuse will do. Writers’ block just happens to be people’s excuse of choice when they really do not want to write, even though they say they do.
It may not be very popular, but I must expose the myth. There is no such thing as writer’s block.
© 2013 Michael T. Miyoshi
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