I’ve been seeing a plethora of articles lately on writer’s block and how to overcome it. Sometimes I’ll skim them, but more often than not, I’ll move on without reading them. Because I don’t suffer from writer’s block.
Merriam-Webster defines writer’s block as: a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.
Just yesterday, Publisher’s Weekly posted this piece on seven steps to overcoming writer’s block. I didn’t even bother to click the link in my email. My problem is that I have too many words and ideas in my head. My first draft of my first novel was nearly 120K words. It’s now down to a much more manageable 90K, but could still use some trimming. The problem is, with every draft and every cut I make, I think of more things that would be fun to include.
In fact, I googled “What does it mean if I don’t suffer from writer’s block” and the first five pages of hits were all about getting rid of writer’s block. I realize this isn’t really a problem. And I’m probably lucky, except what I DO suffer from is a lack of focus. I could easily spend ten hours a day writing or editing. But instead, I spend my time on Twitter, Facebook, googling, emailing with my friends, or just generally screwing off.
Luckily there are pages and pages of articles on how to be a more disciplined writer. I wonder how long it will take me to read them all.
Come to think it, that sounds exactly like Merriam-Webster’s definition of writer’s block — my distraction is preventing me from proceeding with my writing. Maybe I’ll go google some more definitions.