Some writers don’t get writer’s block; but for we writer’s who do get writer’s block, writer’s block is no joke. It can keep you up at night. It can make you lose confidence in yourself as a writer.
I’ve been writing seriously for longer than many of you have been alive. I started writing seriously as soon as I came back home from Vietnam. Writing was my therapy.
Along the way I suffered through numerous periods of writer’s block. And my experiences with writer’s block taught me a very important lesson: don’t fight it. Embrace it.
I can’t give you a formula for how not to fight your writer’s block because every writer’s psychology is different; but once you figure out how not to fight your writer’s block, you’ll be able to embrace it.
And once you can embrace it, writer’s block will no longer have a hold on you. After over 40 years of seriously writing I can truthfully say, writer’s block, where is thy sting?
This is the Old Soldier reporting for the PittsburghFlashFiction, an online daily magazine of commentary, local interests, pop culture and sex as art and entertainment.
A Vietnam Veteran