If I get a headache I can take paracetamol
If I have a sore back I can take ipBrufen.
If I can’t put words on paper … what is there I can take?
Therein lies the writer’s dilemma.
I have been staring at the blank sheet on the computer screen for about an hour now. I am in the middle of a re-write. I know what direction I want the story to go. Yet, for the life of me, I cannot find the words.
Is it writer’s block?
Here’s the thing.
Not four hours ago I had all the words in the world. The new scene was all but writing itself, the words flowing, the characters were alive and almost bubbling over with enthusiasm. I was almost as if I was in the same room with them and their mental sparring.
That scene is done.
And, usually the next is already forming in my mind as I’m getting to the end. This time, an untimely interruption put a spoke in the works, diverted my attention to resolving a problem, and everything I’d been thinking about has gone.
Not a block then, but a dastardly distraction.
I guess I’m going on a long walk around the neighbourhood, looking but not seeing, thinking but trying not to think, stopping at the café and have a long hot coffee and a cake, perhaps this time a custard tart with whipped cream (OK, I know that can’t be good for me, but it is delicious) and by the time I get back …
Hopefully, the words will return.