Coming up with fresh and original ideas is probably one of the toughest aspect to being a writer. Just when you think you got something unique, you find out that someone else wrote about a story that is similar in tone to what you created. It can be frustrating to say the least. Hollywood wants writers to have something completely original but yet they are doing “reboots” like there’s no tomorrow. Coming up with an idea that no one has ever thought of is a feat in itself. I don’t know how other writers deal with this. It’s hard to keep one’s creative juices flowing knowing that your idea probably was already written four or five times prior. Needless to say, we trudge through and put pen to paper and write. We become the eternal optimist and have faith that the story we created is both fresh and new. It’s the only way we can keep our juices flowing. We just have to put on our blinders and write as if we’re the only writer left on this planet Earth. I don’t know how my other colleagues handle this, but this is how I keep my creative juices flowing. My voice is unique and that is fine by me.
Anybody and everybody who writes will all go through writer’s block; it even happens to established writers. Hell, it happens to me every time I try to write something for my blog site. What’s the key to getting through this?! How do I get this dreaded writing disease to go away and never come back?! I really wish I knew…if I had a sure fire answer to this worldwide dilemma then I’d teach a class on it and become an instant millionaire. All I know is that I would really like to get some insight as to how other writers cope with this, how do they push through and find the light at the end of the tunnel. There are time when I sit in front of my computer for hours staring at a blank screen or typing in random no nonsense sentences that end up being deleted once I complete them. Having writer’s block suck big time! I can’t tell you how many times I go through this. I can count the number of times on a single hand of when the ideas and words flowed freely onto the screen without any signs of writer’s block. I know that as a writer I should find consolation that my fellow brethren are dealing with this issue as I speak but that doesn’t make me feel any better. But if I want to be better at my craft and pursue it to the end of my dying days then I will persevere! I will force myself to write random stuff until something clicks in my somnolent brain. I will continue to write because that’s what I love. So here’s to having more fruitless nights and heartaches and headaches that comes with writer’s block! I gladly take you on for that rare moment of clarity when you are no longer there and I am able to put pen to paper. Hello, my name is Mark…and I have writer’s block!