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Unblocking your writing

Have you ever sat down in front of your laptop or device with the intention of speaking words of kindness, inspiration and wisdom into the lives of your readers only to find yourself, hours later, trapped in front of your laptop or device with the intention of speaking words of kindness, inspiration and wisdom into the lives of your readers?

There are countless articles about writers’ block and how to remedy this malady of the mind.  Sure you can just “punch the keeesh” as advised by the great Sean Connery in Finding Forrester or …you could talk to someone. 

What?

An increasingly foreign concept in a world that reveres privacy, social media and independence as evidenced by the proliferation of devices that help us avoid the awkward “talking to someone” thing.

There is a misconception that all worthwhile thought must have a virgin birth via one mind, one consciousness and that simply is not true.  Some of the most powerful theories ever have come into existence were conceived by two or more people in the act of conversing, often face to face.

Where would we be without pearls of wisdom harvested by those that had first conceived these salient thoughts while thrashing about amongst the sweaty, crumpled bed sheets of intellectual intercour… (Ed. last warning Train!).  Credit where credit’s due, it would seem that Einstein acted alone on the grassy knoll of relativity with his e=mc2 expostulation but impressive as it is, it can’t match this magical list:

1)   “Never swallow a laxative and a sleeping pill with the same glass of water.” Billy Connolly

2)   “It’s like eating a burrito before sex – a guaranteed disaster.” Jack Donaghy of “30 Rock” fame. Here, have some more Donaghy wisdom

3)   “The first key to writing is… to write.” Forrester (nope, the other Forrester. Here’s how.

Speaking with people, even so far as just listening to what others have to say, provides endless grist for the writer’s mill.  The burden of creativity will be lifted from your shoulders and all you need do is report on the opinions of others, critique their assertions, throw stones at glasshouses – it’s wrong and there will be a backlash but then you’ll be able to write about that too.

No man or woman is an island (or is supposed to be) and that goes for writers too.

So next time your blog is blocked, call a plumber and write about his thoughts, I guarantee it’ll be more entertaining than staring at a blinking cursor.

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