Thursday, October 30, 2008

How Do You Get Over Writer's Block?

I'm in a major writing assignment; the kind that is not based on facts, but on how deep your perspective is and how clearly and well you are able to set it on paper.  It's my favorite kind of writing.  It's also the most difficult.

As G. Anzaldua wrote, "Put your shit on the paper," I am having difficulty because more shit has come up than is required for this essay.  The question is, "What does your writing mean to you?"

I mean, how about asking how I feel about my right arm when I am right handed?   Or ask how I feel about my heart beating regularly and my lungs working properly?  That is the same kind of relationship - a mindless need.  And the thought of being without it is beyond crushing, beyond life altering.  Without writing, I'd be a foreign soul to myself.

But, the clock is literally ticking on my screen and I need to get my shit out ASAP for this deadline.  I hate that word, by the way.  DEAD  and LINE.   Who in the world thought to put those two words together to come up with a word that means BE READY BY THIS TIME.


That's not helping my block.

What gets you through a brick wall to your green pastures of brilliance?


  1. Anonymous11:38 AM

    I just recently discovered writing with loud music on or to a live jazz band/piano player. It sounds distracting, but it unblocked the words, freeing my thoughts.

    Hey, you never know!



  2. i bounce on one of those big yoga balls and, if my body allows it, bend over backwards to stretch my spine. the bouncing makes me feel like a little kid and the stretching creates little bubbles of openness. there's no feeling like it in the world to me.

    (good luck getting through your block...)

  3. You can't get over writer's block. You just have to wait until it's through with you, I think xD

  4. It's funny that you ask that, today. Whenever I get stressed out, I tend to start writing all this emotional, deep down shit, and I actually wrote something connected to why I write/what writing means in the greater scheme of my life.

    It's posted here:

    Although, I have to admit, it means more than what I wrote down in that post, but hopefully it helps in some way.

  5. I don't really have any advice other than that you work your 3rd paragraph into your assignment, because it's awesome. Good luck!


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