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From a Crab's Perspective

by Ann Ulrich Miller

Posted on April 5, 2008 by Web Dreams

OH NO, WRITER'S BLOCK... or is it Spring!

Since my last entry just a couple of days ago, I've experienced a sudden surge of "block," that annoying desire to NOT write, just when I was hoping to accomplish something.

I sat down to do some serious plot work on my next project, and suddenly found myself struggling with what usually comes fairly easily. One thing I've learned with writing is you can't force it out. It has to flow, or you might as well forget it. The urge is there to work on it, but for some reason the fountain of creativity is barely seeping.

So now what? I'm not going to worry about it, that's what. It's Spring, and there's plenty of manual labor waiting for me just outside the door. There's also a bathtub full of baby chicks and a hen house that needs cleaning out. Sticks in the yard have to be removed before we start up the lawn mowers, and in a couple of weeks we'll be disc-ing the garden for planting.

I was so "into" my winter schedule for writing... but it seems I'm being nudged on to the new season. There will still be time for writing. I know that while I'm at work on all those spring-cleaning projects, my mind will begin working on those creative seeds of thought. Thinking is important in preparation for actual writing. The pieces need to be processed mentally before anything goes down on paper.

In the meantime, there's plenty of reading to do, which always stimulates writing. The phase will pass and once again characters and scenes and conflicts will sail off the paper at the end of my pen. Writer's block is kind of like depression. It's awful when you've got it, but as long as you realize it's only temporary, you can get through it.

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