I don’t believe that, because I’ve been battling writer’s block for six years.
Writing is my passion. For many years my journal was my best friend, because I find it hard to talk about my struggles, but writing about them always helped me sort things through. Then, six years ago, a number of things came together in just such a way that I could NOT write any more. I clammed up. Something died within me, and the words would not come. I’ve been struggling ever since. It wasn’t a conscious decision to stop writing, and it’s no simple thing to start writing now. How do I know? Because I can’t count the number of times I’ve determined to start writing again, only to fizzle out after a day or two.
It isn’t because I don’t think I can write. I’ve had more validation from more sources than any ordinary woman could hope for, that I can and should write. For publication.
That IS my dream, and has been for as long as I can remember. And it’s never been easier than it is today, to get published. Only trouble is, it still ain’t happenin’. The blank screen is just as daunting, and just as blank as it has been just about every day for the past six years. I need help!!
The post is great for someone who has doubts about his or her ability to write. That’s not a problem for me. But see that sign-up form at the top of the blog post? I’ve signed up for lots of things before, and not followed through on them. This time I won’t get away with it, because I’ve also joined the Facebook group that goes along with the challenge. Which means I’m going to post a link to my blog post each day. Which means if I DON’T do it, someone will notice. Which means a certain amount of accountability.
It’s scary going in, but if I can pull this off, it will be wonderful, and I will feel wonderful about myself! Maybe I’ll even find out there is no such thing as writer’s block, and all I have to do is “Just sit down and write!”
© Willena Flewelling