By Kate Carroll
"Writers’ Block is when your imaginary friend stops talking to you."
Although I cannot credit the originator of this quote, I give kudos to my fellow writer and friend, Janie Reinart, for sharing it with me.
I suffer from writer’s block as most writers do from time to time. But I think my issue is greater than a lack of creativity or imagination. When my mind is barren of ideas, I get frustrated. Then I can’t think. Then I get stymied. And then… drumroll please… I lose confidence…
My worst enemy is my refusal to believe in myself. Deep down, I know I have some talent with words. I know I have what it takes to write. But beyond tenacity and talent must be the belief that you can share something of yourself with the great big world out there.
I won’t trivialize writing because it’s not trivial! Writing takes guts. Wait. No. Writing doesn’t take guts - putting one’s writing “out there” takes guts. Personally, I hate that kind of exposure, and yet, it’s a necessity if I want to share my work with others. I’m a wimp when I feel judged by others. Attaching my name to a piece of writing and hitting “send,” raises my respirations and sets my foot a-tapping.
But thanks to the WRITERS on my BLOCK, I’ve developed new skills and new confidence. Even more importantly, I have acquired a thicker skin – a long overdue growth process.
The most useful tool I have in my writing drawer is my critique group(s) – in my case more than one. I require extra work. :) They are free – so go get one and embrace your Writers Block.