WRITERS BLOCK (read time 1:47)
Calling it "writers block” makes it sound like a privileged, private club for writers who have their own exclusive excuse to not do their work—like a secret handshake. Doesn’t it sound so very narcissistic? "I am a writer, therefore I suffer from a recurring disease called writer’s block. It’s very painful and there really is no cure...sorry, you wouldn’t understand." It's a statement told by a victim, filled with ego and loaded with excuses! Truth is, if there is such a thing as writers block, then it should be called "Creative Block” because you can't exclude musicians, songwriters, painters, sculptors, designers and entrepreneurs.
|Posted By Jacqueline|
| writers block |
I agree with you.I think writers block is pure resistance. Just like working out, when we want to stop, we don't. We turn the head off and just exercise by faith. When I feel "writers block" coming up, I usually push through it by working on several projects, jumping back'n forth, and also just start writing about it. Three pages of randomness about how much this writers block sucks can turn into some useful lyrics later. ;) Thank you for reminding us about the importance of meditation. I have to put it on my to do list to not feel like 'm wasting time. lol Thank you Michael for these awesome blogs. It's true inspiration. ;)
|Posted By RICCARDA WATKINS|
| YOU REALLY DO UNDERSTAND! THANK YOU MICHAEL! |
YA KNOW....FOR A MINUTE THERE, OR BETTER YET MORE LIKE A LIFETIME I THOUGHT I WAS GOING CRAZY! WHEN IT HAPPENS YOU THINK YOU'RE ALL ALONE IN THE WORLD, YOU'RE NEVER GOING TO WRITE ANYTHING AGAIN, THINKING I'M IN A BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS LOSING BATTLE OF DISCIPLINE VS. DISTRACTION. AND THEN THE HEAVENS OPEN UP AND HAVE MERCY ON ME AND ALLOW ME TO HAVE A DANCE WITH BRILLIANCE...AND THEN IT LEAVES AND RETURNS ME TO THE LAND OF FRAGMENTED THOUGHTS FOR MY HIT SONG OR SHALL I SAY SONGS...AT ANY GIVEN TIME THERE'S AT LEAST 20 OF THEM SWIRLING IN MY HEAD. ALL I EVER WANTED WAS FOR THE BRILLIANCE TO BE CONSISTENT. I JUST NEED TO UNPLUG AND SINK INTO SILENT SERENITY?! THANK YOU...THANK YOU...THANK YOU J-MIKE!
|Posted By Lyndah|
| Writers Block |
Great post filled with valuable information especially the part about the value of meditation.
|Posted By Rachel|
| Blocks to build with.. |
Funny, let it be the weather, world events, change in season, I was down about not creating musically, just painting, studying, creating an income...sometimes, events change the "block" and the movement begins again, re-energizing...I just got an email to create more musically, and a new project, which makes me so happy! Spending time in meditation, prayer, is a daily habit for me, couldn't go on without it. And sometimes it's bumping into the right blocks to build with. Thank you Michael for giving me a moment. Rachel
|Posted By ol goober|
| writers block |
don't think - write. don't judge - write. don't worry - write. don't care - write. don't block - write.
|Posted By Rick|
| 2 brains |
I find my constant use of both sides of my brain keeps both sides astute. As an accountant, I use the analytical part, as an artist I use the creative part. Both sides compliment each other and I never am at a loss to produce either way.
|Posted By StevesPoem|
| thought |
a friend of mine while visiting my studio where i create and co-create told me i had to many things on the walls causing distraction and slowing down my creative process. he was right now i walk into the woods or into the desert or into still water still distracted.
|Posted By iLLie|
| Thank you |
I've been getting these emails from you for a while now. I used to delete them without even checking then (just check a bunch of boxes and press delete). For that, I apologize. Once I started to filter my emails more I opened one and read your message. It helped me through a problem I was having and I have been reading them ever since. Thank you for all the advice you've given and all the advice you'll give in the future.
|Posted By Brannon|
| Writer's Blog |
I can't get any work done 'cause I keep reading these blogs!! Seriously, thanks...
|Posted By Yochanan Sebastian Winston|
| Couldn't disagree more |
I usually find your blogs spot on - but not this one. Making music is multifaceted and sometimes one discipline or another doesn't want to come to the table. Be it creating the harmony, coming up with melody, considering form, the orchestration or instrumentation, etc. etc. The solution, I believe, if something isn't really coming, is to go on to another aspect. Usually the one you "left" gets "jealous" and things start percolating. I especially learned this lesson as a professional woodwind player. Wind playing is comprised of sound, tonguing, fingers and playing actual music. If your sound sucks one day, work on your fingers and your sound will show up. If your chops blow one day (no pun intended), work on tunes or pieces or transcribe something. The offending party never likes be left out.
|Posted By Ron Greene|
| Procrastinator Extraordinaire |
Perfect timing for this blog, it's amazing the amount of jobs I get done around the house (wife loves me for it), all as an excuse to avoid sitting in front of the laptop. Thanks for the truth & a possible solution.
|Posted By GINNY|
| TIMER |
I Love Tessa's idea about the timer. I can always do another 5-minutes...
|Posted By Sherwinn Brice|
| Agreed |
This is great post and I have to agree totally with Paula. Why is it that the head interferes with what the heart wants to say. I hope I can remember this before I utter the despicable phrase ever again.
|Posted By Tessa Souter|
| Creative block |
My favorite thing to do, and the most useful I have ever done in my writing and composing, is to set the cookery timer. When you really really REALLY don't feel like getting started, set the timer for 5 minutes or 10, or however long you think you can bear, and start. Even if "starting" means staring at a blank sheet. When the cookery timer goes off, hit it again for another 5 minutes or ten or however many more you think you can do. Very often the issue is getting started.
|Posted By Stuart|
| Creative Block |
Elizabeth Gilbert's TED talk on creativity is masterful and echoes what you say.
|Posted By Matt Moran|
| Oops - or sorry |
I didn't realize the comments did not recognize line breaks.. I didn't try to write the blob of uninterrupted text in my last comment. It was more organized before I hit enter.. I promise.. :-D
|Posted By Matt Moran|
| Writer Defined |
Years ago I wrote a piece titled, "Writer Defined, Searching for the Silver-Bullet, and Stroking the Muse" (link below). It was inspired by Stephen King's book, "On Writing" - a "highly-recommend". In it, he dispels the myth of waiting on your "muse", waiting for inspiration to strike. Instead, he advocates showing up at the same place, same time, every day to "do the heavy lifting" so your muse knows where to find you. I agree with this and have seen it at work in my own life. Too many writers and/or creatives take liberty and avoid production or the work needed, under the guise of a "block". The truth is, if you had no choice - if it is/were a "real job", you'd write. There are times, certainly, you may be more inspired and your writing may be superior, but you can settle in and write. Note: I went through a divorce and a very rough time and did not write for some time. I would sit down and I would get anxious - so the sitting and thinking was a problem. Not a lack of "creativity". I empathize with anyone going through something similar.. but again, the issue is not a block - but perhaps "too much thinking" and needing to avoid it. Here is a link to my blog post, A writer-defined, if interested. http://www.mattmoranonline.com/2005/09/17/writer-defined-the-search-for-the-silver-bullet-and-stroking-the-muse/
|Posted By Justin|
| block |
Lately I've been struck by a whirlwind of worry and anxiety over a project I've been working on for the past six months. I keep telling my partner "I have writers block" but now I realize that it's just a cover up for my own insecurities. I think I need to sit down and tell him the truth about my concerns regarding the project.
|Posted By Paula|
| Block |
My favorite sentence in your blog is: "Creative block is simply the head interfering in what the heart wants to say." You could have just printed that and I would have gotten your message. I'm grateful for the fact that you gave me so much more to think about. thank you Michael for all your wonderful blogs.