Liars Club

No Block, Just Tackle.

by Simmons on July 5, 2010

in Advice for Writers,The Writing Life

I’m just gonna spit it out:  I don’t believe in writer’s block.   I believe in L     I believe that  L  cures most writing problems.

That’s not a typo, that’s an emoticon for Chair.   I believe in Chair.   I believe in Ass in Chair.  To sum up, I believe in  uu  +  L  .

There is no other alternative, except maybe  L___   (Chaise.)

95 % of so-called writers block is procrastination or perfectionism, or a combination of both.  If you are talented, and you think you are stymied by writer’s block, you need to delve into those two issues, which cripple many, many people.   But they ain’t writers block.

And the other 5% of writers block is intuition.   You know something’s wrong with your book or project, but you’re not sure what, and you can’t move forward until you know. If you are a lazy-ish writer, you should probably ignore it and forge ahead anyway, because you may stop and never begin again.  If you are a diligent, non-lazy writer, you should probably do the opposite: force yourself to stop writing, and start thinking.   Vow to just ponder your book.   Read other books and draw inspiration.  Go back to it when you have figured out what’s wrong.

Knowing how to tackle blockages really requires knowing what kind of writer you are.  And for many who claim to be blocked, they have to look in the mirror and decide if they are in fact a writer at all.

Because people who write are writers.   And people who dream about writing are dreamers.  And here’s their emoticon:   oo0oo.    (head in the clouds, y’know?)

Kelly Simmons is the author of Standing Still (Simon & Schuster) and coming in February, The Bird House. Learn more at www.bykellysimmons.com Kelly’s post is part of an ongoing series in which Liars each chime in on a burning question about publishing.

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Jessie Mac July 5, 2010 at 3:35 pm

I liked your emoticons of chair and ass ; )

Got to do that today, put ass on chair.

Thanks for the post, Kelly.

Solomon Jones July 6, 2010 at 4:09 pm

Love it Kelly. You are too funny adn this post is way too true.

Lucas Mangum July 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

Kelly you rock. Last year and most of the year before it, I was down and suffering from “block.” Upon closer examination of myself, I realized it wasn’t doubt; it was fear and putting a sense of importance on the wrong things. Here in 2010, I haven’t gone a day without writing in some way shape or form, whether music, poetry, or one of the novels I’ve got in the works. Your little blurb reminded me how much I’ve grown over a year’s time. Thanks.

Lucas

Raina Casarez July 7, 2010 at 9:38 am

So true, and thank you for making me laugh too.

Leslye July 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Great post! I totally agree, most times my blocks are just my intuition telling me that the story wants to go someplace else.

tracy July 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm

Great post! (here via jongibbs over on LJ)

Louche July 29, 2010 at 2:01 pm

lol! So true. I have looked myself in the mirror and told myself I wasn’t a writer before. Well, duh, I wasn’t a writer because I wasn’t writing. 😀

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