Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Writer's Block

It was the best of times it was the worst of, why can’t I write? Why is it that when I sit in front of the keyboard nothing comes? Is it fear? Is it failure? Do I have too much invested?
They say just write. Anything. They say a writer, writes. They say just begin. The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy writer who is so frozen with self-doubt that she cannot precede.
Where are the good words, the clever words? The words that will impress everyone with my witty intellect and insightful prose. Is it too much to ask to put on paper the words that will bring me riches, while at the same time proving to everyone, (including myself) that I am not wasting my time? Not to mention your time. I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth to a company of captive wolves. Wolves of my own insecurities. Tigers of fear. Dark, lightless, voids that wait under my bed, breathing slow and hotly, waiting.
See Dick run. See Jane run. See me pushing forward past the self-induced ennui, and self hate. See Jane slap Dick in the puss, and tell him loudly to “GET OVER IT!”
Tis a far, far better thing I do, then I have ever done before, to love myself and forgive my failings and to laugh at my mistakes.


Gorilla Bananas said...

You could try pretending to be someone else. I hear that works for some people.

Beverly Hamilton Wenham said...

Naughty GB! That would be just wrong!;)

Jimmy Bastard said...

Writing is merely a way of getting rid of all the stuff that clogs your brain and stops you enjoying alcohol to the full.

Inspiration for me, usually starts halfway down the bottle, and finishes when the neck is pointing south.

SquirrelQueen said...

Inspiration, I've been trying to capture that elusive beast all evening.
I like your blog, very interesting reading.


Scarlet-Blue said...

I find pen and paper less intimidating than a keyboard. Flipping pc is always pointing out my spelling mistakes and bad grammar... not helpful.

Ava said...

I'm with Jimmy on this one. Alcohol makes just about any situation easier -- and I should know.

Everything you do is brilliant. Go forth fearlessly!

PS -- Thanks for visiting.

Silver said...

hmmm..why does that sound so familiar ?

sometimes a change of scenery helps. like a vacation. a break away- from the computer.

Embee said...

We all feel your pain. Been there done that (still doing it?), and unfortunately I have no answers. It's a creative conundrum. But if your blog writing is any indication, you are witty and insightful!

mapstew said...

I'm in the 'Jimmy & Ava' club. Alky does it for me too. AND my singing sounds better whilst lubricated. (well it does in MY head).

kate said...

do you take idea suggestions? how about a short story about Pickles 25 years from now. Is she famous? Is she boring? Is she a depressed, raving, Sylvia Plath-like lunatic? (very possible with her genes...) hit your keyboard! -kate

Lulu LaBonne said...

There's a pack of cards with helpful suggestions devised by Brian Eno to bump start creativity they're called Oblique Strategies.

If all else fails follow Jimy's suggestion

Madame DeFarge said...

I write at work so much that I sometimes forget how to write for pleasure. But never forget, if you write it, they will come. Or something like that.

FrankandMary said...

You should write. All that subconscious stuff, it thrives & even to a degree, fixes, with your getting it OUT, I believe....but maybe that is me, projecting onto you.......I know for me it works that way. And I am so very sorry about all you have been through of late. Perhaps you have a little kindness left over for you?~Mary

Beverly Hamilton Wenham said...

How could I have worked myself up into such a mess when you all so good to me? I am crazy! Thank you my wonderful friends.

Jimmy: I am taking your advice. Oh, but what to drink? White wine seems to wimpy for good writing, Whiskey would be good, but am I man enough? How about absinthe. That's very arty. Well I am certainly willing to work on this one.

Squirrel Queen: Welcome! And thank you for reminding me I am not alone.

Scarlet:Yes! Back to the parchment and quill would be good for me. I am very low tech. I also think we write too fast on computers. It has hurt writing to a degree. But as a bad speller too I don't know if I am brave enough to let it go. James Joyce didn't have these problems.

Ava: Welcome to you too! You sound very mysterious... I can't wait to find out more!

Silver: Yes, the weather here is threatening to get lovely any day now. I should hit the beach or hit the park or maybe just hit something! Thank you dear one.

Embee: Your so kind. I like your blog too. I must try to remember that this is the price we pay for an attempt at art. But I promise I will not be cutting off my ear anytime soon.

Mapstew: I think I am in love with you. Of course that could be the wine, whiskey and absinthe talking;)

Kate: Yes, I will, but she is going to do great things that none of us could imagine. That is a magic child.

LuLu: As of now those cards are now in my Amazon
cart. Great idea. I have also tried The Observation Deck. But Brian Eno is just so much cooler.

Madame: I think my problem is I almost only sit down to write for serious writing. Kiss of death. I have got to lighten up and have fun. Thank you for your help. Your great.

Frank and Mary: You have always been so good to me. Thank you for your kind words. Yes I do deserve a party, or a back rub or maybe just a hot fudge sunday. Better yet why not all three!

Ana said...

LOVE the new look, Dahlink!

Think of your break as a Lenten sacrifice. This is an indulgence -- especially for your readers... Plus you've been my personal psychologist for three straight weeks now.

Glad you're back...

The Topiary Cow said...

Quick brown fox jumps over the lazy writer...



EmmaK said...

No, you can't write because you need one idea that catches your imagination then you will be writing like the blazes. I think it would be funny if you wrote a story about a romance between you and GB or failing that what's your worst sex experience for my book!

Borah said...

Glad you're back, it was really depressing to return to your site every now and again, and seeing that there was nothing new!

Such a coincidence, that I made a list of my top 5 inspiration triggers last week! But the most important thing, I think, you mentioned yourself: laugh at your own mistakes.

I'm glad you're back, though!


aishoka said...

Will no one think of the children? (By which I mean your brain cells...think twice about that absinthe) Also, this is for you:

Peter N said...

HI TO YOU! When I lock up before writing my daily posts, I listen for that little voice in my left ear. From ear to fingers to keyboard, it works for me.
We're all looking forward to your writings. ALWAYS.

laughingwolf said...

keybored is the correct spelling at times ;) lol

but yeah, like scarlet sez, revert to pen and paper for a new experience

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