Working through “Writer’s Block”
Updated: Aug 2, 2019
What do you do when you need to write but nothing happens? No magic, no butterflies, no tapping on the keys, the space behind your eyes completely empty…
There are so many times when I have sat down to write and said, “Well…I guess there is just nothing inspiring coming out of me today…” and then I would get up and walk away feeling defeated and honestly, like maybe I wasn’t a “real writer.” It took me such a long time to realize that the writing world does not revolve around writing from inspiration. We do not live in a constant state of emotional outpouring. I would stare at my favorite quote by Ernest Hemingway and try so hard to put anything onto a page, but no matter what I wrote… It never felt good enough or there was nothing at all.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” — Ernest Hemingway
It wasn’t until I started to look at this quote in a totally different way that I figured it out. Writing isn’t just about inspiration. It’s about physical labor; blood. What I mean by this is, sometimes you will not feel inspired but you dedicate your fingertips to the keyboard and you write. You write anything and everything. This is such a difficult thing especially if you are a poet like me…when you sit down, you want to write something beautiful, magical, heart wrenching, raw, honest to the extent that you bring your readers to tears… So, when I sit down to write “blah, blah, blah… this whole day is trash.” I am obviously not very happy about it but there is nothing to that and that is writing. Practicing writing, even when you are not inspired is what leads you to being inspired! It is what leads you to spilling out those deep emotions, it is what unburies the gold. Sometimes, the bleeding that you do isn’t creating the magic that you want, but it is teaching you things you never even knew you would need to learn. It is teaching you the skill that is writing unfiltered; real.