And I hop around the blogosphere. I know a lot of you battle it. But I just...don't.
*ducks from all the flying objects being thrown at me*
But here's the thing. (And please, hold that rotten tomato!)
I think the reason for this is because I use a different definition of writer's block--not because I'm just luckier or something (believe me, I'm not).
See--to me--real writer's block is this like...hopeless, staring at a blank page or a blank screen with absolutely zero ideas and no way to find any ideas and it stretches on for days, weeks, months, years, until it's been so long since you've written that you're not even sure you remember how you do it. And by that definition, I bet most of you have never suffered from it either (and if you have, feel free to fling things at me.)
For the rest of us, I think what's really happening is what I like to think of as, hitting the wall. You have a draft, or an idea, and a lot of things are clicking and flowing and life is going good. And then, it screeches to a halt. Something isn't working, and you don't know what to do.
That's the wall.
But the great thing about it is...it's just a wall. Walls can be climbed over. They can be tunneled under. You can stray off the path a bit and see if you find another way around. Or, if worse comes to worse, you turn back and try to retrace the steps that led you there, so you can go a different way.
It's not WRITER'S BLOCK. It's just a temporary setback that requires a little extra mental muscle (and perhaps a little rewriting or revision) to get back on track again.
Maybe it's just me, but it helps me to think of it that way. Writer's Block sounds like some horrible, incurable plague that will destroy your life. Hitting the wall sounds like--eh, you had a bad day. Dust yourself off and keep moving. And considering how much writing depends on having the right mind set and self confidence to dig in and keep going, it makes a big difference.
So yeah, I don't get writer's block. And I hope you guys don't either. But you tell me. How do you define writer's block? And how do you cope when you get it.