with apologies to Douglas Adams
Lately I am having a hard time with that bane of any writer's existence, Writer's Block. I often write late at night or early in the morning after everyone else is asleep in my house. It helps me to concentrate and unplug, so I can say what I want to say. I know I can write, and I it is something I enjoy, almost all of the time.
Writing is usually easy for me, but lately it's getting cumbersome. Sometimes that doubt creeps in. Why am I doing this? Who is reading? What if I have nothing to say? Am I relevant?? I have been trying to figure out the writing process. I am probably thinking about it too hard, putting too much pressure on myself. (too bad there is no pill for "that certain part of the female creativity".. I could use that)
Maybe I am writing too much about autism elsewhere, and it's a buzz kill. I am coming up empty. It's like a gargantuan space, where creativity is supposed to be. To borrow a term from Star Trek and science, "a singularity".. a black hole that consumes all of my best ideas and writing. I don't know where it comes from or why. I just know it's like...
- ...slogging through warm maple syrup, waist-deep, being chased by weasels (yeah, ok, they would probably drown, but go with me here)
- ... a brick on the chest, that hurts to breathe
- ...a fear of "Oh my God I have written my last funny/poignant/entertaining/informative piece....ever"
- ...feeling like a fraud, every time you hit publish, because, what IF you shot the wad on that one, and there is nothing left. And WHY do people read, anyway when there are so many out there more talented than you are?
- ...neglecting laundry, dishes, pets needing to be fed trying to get that elusive thought translated into writing...so you can breathe again.
- ...every day, feeling a pressure to create, and if you cannot, the pressure increases until it feels like it will consume you.
- ...staring at the flashing cursor and the blank window as you try to get something...anything, to fill that window so it doesn't look quite so ominous (yes, the cursor is mocking you: youcantwrite youcantwrite youcantwrite)
- ...never feeling good enough...never translating it exactly the way it was in your head, groping for words and hoping people understand what you have to say and more importantly, care.
- ...throwing yourself out there, every single day, hoping what you say means something to someone
- ...like labor..stalling and you aren't sure if you are ever going to have the baby and if you do...will it be healthy?
- ...waking up in the middle of the night to write amazing ideas down, then having no idea what to do with them the next morning
- ...trying too hard, too long.
- ...comparing yourself to other writers you admire, and coming up short
- ...every morning, praying you can write something and hoping like hell you won't let yourself down
- ...needing to express yourself in order to get it unscrambled
- ...talking about it, trying to break the power of the block
- ...having no idea how to end this list... .
- ...so you add one more item and hope it's enough
it has to be
T, who writes, or at least tries to