Tuesday, 16 September 2008

An Old Case of the Writer's Block

I am blocked.

Blocked like so many drains in New Orleans.

I'm not quite sure what to do about it other than write things. Unimportant things of no consequence. Like this. Just to get myself flowing, so to speak.

It's not working.

I'm supposed to be writing two plays. Neither are happening. Blocked, like I say. Blockety blocked blocked blocked.

But then I got a bit inspired. Started writing a short film. Was going well. Really well. I thought, by gosh, at this rate I could I have it finished by this afternoon. That was three days ago. And the two policemen have got no further with their enquiry at all. Andre Breton is trying to organise the Surrealists and Pitcairn is still standing around in Lexington, trying to understand why everyone's started brawling.

Ad nauseum.

Ad infinitum!


Might have a cup of tea. That usually helps.

1 comment:

James Duckworth said...

When stuck in this all-too familiar quandary, I find a few things have the potential to help me out.

1. I have an experience forced on me that changes me by a few degrees. Admittedly it's difficult to bring this on yourself, usually because you have no idea what the situation is going to be and how it's going to change you, and it's also rather time-consuming. I usually find that these experiences crash down on me when I'm least expecting it, and busy doing something else. "Life is what happens to us while we're busy making other plans" I think John Lennon once sang. If the circumstances are particularly devastating, you may need a cooling period before you can engage the intellect and put the ideas into words (or music).

2. Read something new and fairly random that grabs my interest. It usually puts ideas into my head. It's the above (a life experience) gone text-wise, and is thus a far more time-efficient method.

3. Find something that manages to be both fascinating and yet obscure, and steal it. Of course, you may need to warp the original ideas enough to avoid any charges of plagiarism should your source be discovered. But as Einstein said, "the secret of creativity is knowing how to hide your sources."