I have been struggling with Writer’s Block recently, so I’m heeding Charles Bukowski’s advice and writing about it.
“Writing about a writer’s block is better than not writing at all.” ― Charles Bukowski
During a five-minute car journey, my head is alive with plot twists and conflicts, but after rushing home and sitting in front of the keyboard, the big freeze takes over my brain.
I’ve been reading through some of my older and, mostly, rejected manuscripts. Not sure if I’m looking for inspiration, or trying to remind myself that I used to churn out a short story a week.
Knocking out a short story during the course of an evening after work, was never a problem. I always thought I would rewrite them one day. They may be twenty years old but the plots are all there and I could feed in the wit and savvy of someone twenty years older, although probably not wiser.
“I’ve only suffered writer’s block badly once, and that was during the writing of Chamber of Secrets. I had my first burst of publicity about the first book and it paralysed me. I was scared the second book wouldn’t measure up, but I got through it!” (J.K. Rowling. Chat, October 2000)
So I’m not alone. I suppose a bit of writer’s block, along with getting your head around rejection letters, just comes with the territory. You will get through it because you can’t stop thinking about it and the only way to unblock it, is to write.
Whether you rework some of your old stuff or set yourself quick-fire writing challenges. Better still write about how shitty it feels having lost the creative flow. Just keep writing!
So thank you, Charles Bukowski, I have just unblocked 299 words. It’s a start.