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May 22, 2010

The abolition of writer's block

As I mentioned in my last Potpourri post, I've been having a bit of a writing issue lately, mainly in deciding what to write about. I just haven't been that inspired.

Of course, this happened to occur almost immediately after I agreed to do a guest post for a fellow blogger. While I might let my own blog go fallow, I'm not going to go back on an agreement I have made! So I've spent most of this morning trying to hammer out a post that would be both good and agreeable to her.

So I sat here this morning for almost an hour, a blank post staring out at me and the cursor blinking malevolently at me ("Hahahahahahahaha! You suck!"). I started writing something that looked kind of interesting, but I hit a roadblock and realized I had no idea where to go from where I was at. Not that it was bad, but that it would either end up being a huge post or would be such a shallow look at the subject that it wouldn't be interesting at all to read.

That's when I decided to trash the whole thing and start over. And suddenly, the words just started flowing. I had a topic and I knew basically what I was going to write. It was a marvelous feeling because I have felt intellectually constipated (Peanut Gallery: "Oh, that's a nice image...thanks!") for a little while now.

I don't know if this means my block is over or if the urgency to get this post done because it was being submitted to somebody else drove me to break through the wall temporarily, but I feel a lot better than I did earlier this morning.

Who knows? Maybe I'll actually tackle a review next. We'll see. Of course, tomorrow's another "One-Hit Wonders" post, and I can always do those, though those have been a bit tougher recently as well.

I guess we'll find out, won't we?

*update - 11:31 am*: Just pounded out a review! Let's keep this thing going over the weekend....


  1. Congrats on figuring out writer's block!

  2. We'll see if it continues tomorrow. I'll figure it's gone when I've got two days in a row under my belt. :)

    But thanks for the encouragement!


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