Updated: Oct 3, 2020
It's funny because we hear this little gem of a sentence coming up time and time again. Twitter is a hive of activity with published authors and writers banding about their tweets of just that, whilst they tweet another picture of their cat eating a packet of digestives! The amount of tweets posted by I can tell you quite a few authors, it's no wonder they are crying writer's block. Their phones must be leaping and dancing across the table from the notifications of other cat loving authors and their tweets of Twinkle or Purdy being quite frankly cats! Weird gifs and other such tweetable antics are enough to block any writer!
I don't think I've ever really had writer's block and I don't think, dare I say it is something that really exists. I'm going out there and putting my head firmly on the writer's block and jumping to the myth side. It just sounds quite cool perhaps, interesting and perhaps a little odd to even think that your imagination has become blocked. Ernest Hemingway once said,
"I would stand and look out over the roofs of Paris and think, ‘Do not worry. You have always written before and you will write now. All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence you know.’"
This is so profound, heartfelt and ideally true. You see when I write, I always start with one true sentence and from there the words simply fall onto the page. I understand that feeling of looking out over the roofs of Paris and finding that sentence. For three years I lived in Montparnasse right on the Boulevard du Montparnasse and I too looked out over those roofs of Paris and the sentences, the stories to tell are there. You just have to write the truest sentence you know. Even when I sit in the quiet of my orchard the sentences are forming in my head. A story isn't about inspiration, inspiration is what leads you to the story you are going to write. Perhaps the hardest part to any story-telling is the beginning, you need to track it and believe and the only way to do that is to write a journal to always have a notebook and write down the emotions you felt that day or the people you met and the quirks they had. Because once you have those on paper, you can then materialise your characters and begin to form the picture. Writing isn't just about the imagination, it's strategic.
Maybe writer's block is a way to say I've got something better to do....I'll leave that one with you to decide. Myth or reality....I know which camp I fall into. I don't believe in writer's block, I do believe in writer's quit.