BEHIND THE SCENES
Sorry, but I don't really buy "Writer's Block". I certainly haven't experienced it as it has been described to me by others. This isn't to say people don't struggle with developing their ideas, or get crippled by inertia. I like to think I'm empathetic and know my experiences don't define what others feel. I guess I'm lucky. But luck only goes so far. To me, luck is the accumulation of your choices.
My focus isn't solely on my writing. I'm a multi-disciplinary creator. I write, edit, draw, design and letter. I'm something of a plate spinner, and this is part of the reason I believe I don't get 'block'. Most advice on 'unblocking' I've heard from writers concerns 'walking away' or 'changing things up'. Something I do as part of my natural workflow.
I write sporadically, and out of need. All of my ideas and concepts live in my subconscious, and on some level I work things out while doing other parts of my work, so when I decide to sit down and write, most of the pieces are in place for me to bang it out.
The other main reason I believe I'm not afflicted is my background. I'm trained as a graphic designer. From my formative education I've been conditioned to generate ideas. Thinking creatively and problem solving are the things that a good design education gives you. When you are employed and expected to design on a daily basis there are no excuses. I can't turn up to a design meeting with a client and say I have 'design block'. It doesn't and shouldn't wash... which is why I take issue with 'writer's block'. Too many times I have met people that wear it as a badge of honour. As though they need it to define them as artistic and interesting. As though it makes them a writer.
Only one thing makes you a writer... Writing!
No excuses! Sit down and get it done!
Doesn't matter if it's shit, you need to get rid of all of that before the good stuff starts turning up. And you will always be able to go back and fix stuff. Fixing things is great, but something broken needs to exist in the first place.
Any Creative Outlet, when undertaken seriously,
MONKEYS WITH GUNS
NORTH BROTHER ISLAND
THEREBY HANGS A TALE