22 July 2010
From D.H. Palmer
Writer’s block is a malady that does not affect me. I am so darn full of story ideas that I could write four hundred books if only given the time needed to accomplish the goal. I do know that many writers are, on occasion, struck by this curse and it is a tough challenge to overcome. Having known many souls who have moaned and groaned about this being a very real and very frustrating issue I can also say that everyone of these people has said that the best cure is to sit down and just start writing. The creative mind is always ready to take on the task of painting a new word or, hopefully paragraph, picture on the page and the simple act of placing pen to paper or finger tips to keyboard will unlock the door that only seems to be closed. A bit of positive self talk is also a necessary ingredient to get the mind on the track that the writer wants. If one constantly states, “I have writer’s block,” then this becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. Thoughts do create marvelous things like a fabulous book that the reader can’t put down when guided by talented writers and thoughts can also make the same writers prisoners of their own prognosis. So, the cure for the offending malady that some call writer’s block is to not give in to it for a moment. My advice has always been that you must pretend you are fighting a cold and refuse to let it get you. A writer must fight this cursed disease that blocks the magical flow of words by taking his or her mental vitamins, have that magical beverage of choice that you always enjoy when you need to pick yourself up and march forward with pen held high and the courage to open that locked door in your head and get those jammed up words out and on the page!