I was reading Larry Correia’s most recent post on writing and how there is no such thing as writer’s block and I found myself thinking (Yes, button down the hatches and hide the kids)… Is there really no such thing as Santa Claus?
Wait, that’s not what I wanted to write.
The truth of the matter is, there is no such thing as writer’s block. Yes, really. When I say I’m “blocked”, that roughly translates to “I don’t wanna work on this right now because I am unmotivated/lazy/really bored with the story.” That’s it, really. No “I don’t know what’s going on”, no “I just can’t write this thing”. I’m just being lazy because I really don’t have anything telling me to go and write it, which is terrifying for someone who writes for a partial living (trust me, these royalty checks (when they come) do NOT pay the bills). The fact of the matter is, it’s really hard for a writer to be truly blocked.
When you’re writing a story you already know how it’s going to end. You have some ideas scattered throughout the novel, and even potentially the beginning thought out. But linking it all together is work, and most people think writing isn’t work but play. But working/writing is hard, and you have to figure out how to link it all together. I hate to tell you, but if you think that not being able to do that is writer’s block, then you’re wrong.
That’s writer’s laziness. I know, because I’m guilty of it quite a bit these days (what, you think these books fall out of my butt, plated gold and ready for publication?) while working on the latest WIP. It’s just old fashioned laziness.
Am I wrong? Or can I just blame it on that damned peanut eating muse of mine (again)?
3 thoughts on “Writer Laziness”
To be honest, I think that that IS an acceptable definition of writer’s block. Maybe some folks were thinking that you’re sitting there and the words won’t come, but realistically, if you have no interest in the story, anything you try and force at that point is more likely to be crap.
I know my wife has bogged down in the past when writing, but she does discovery writing (so doesn’t know how it’s gonna end) and it’s usually because the story is getting grumpy with an alteration she tried to make with it. Even then, she can usually switch stories for a while and write something else to get beyond it.
Personally, I can’t imagine what it’d be like to be sitting at a computer, blank page in front of you on the word processor, and just echoing nothingness in your head for more than a few moments. And if anyone actually gets that, I’d feel sorry for them. It’s gotta be a form of hell.
…that’d be a great Hell story…
Not the way I look at it. If you have health problems or run out of energy or have been sick for quite some time (just got diagnosed with — what else? — sinus infection #11 since last October), you can easily end up with a situation where you have no way to write the ideas you have.
Granted, you’re talking about a healthy, able-bodied person. Maybe that’s true for them, but I doubt it; my husband Michael used to get blocked (though usually it’d be because his health issues were acting up, too).
It’s like white noise, when you’re ill. You can’t concentrate through the white noise to get anything that makes any sense. And then it’s a matter of trying to just work with what you have, and write non-fiction (I do a lot of that), or do some editing, or do something else that you can still do that doesn’t drive you right up the frickin’ wall.
But you may be right for able-bodied people for all I know.