Lisa Collazo : The Writer's Ailment: "Stuckitis"
The Writer's Ailment: 'Stuckitis'
By Lisa Collazo
I don't know about you, but the last thing I want to hear when I experience a touch of writer's block is the Nike saying, "just do it." Don't they think if I could just do it, I would?
I want to be able to whine a bit, get a few sympathetic responses from friends, then take my laptop to my favorite spot and at least pretend to look like a writer for the day. I want all my senses to be open to the writing experience, taking in the smells, sights and sounds of my environment. I like sitting down in the corner of my favorite java joint, glancing at the folks populating the place while I play around with words on my keyboard, hoping my fingers will magically create something brilliant and inspiring. If I come up short, I want to be able to make peace with it, and know that I at least gave it my best shot. No worries or regrets. To quote Scarlett O'Hara, "Tomorrow is another day."
I try to look at being stuck as an opportunity, one that gets me thinking outside of the box. Doing something unique and creative isn't always a part of our modus operandi. We crave routine, are comfortable with the familiar, and strive to maintain the status quo. One has to work at being creative when we are enveloped in a rigid schedule of things to do and places to be.
So, when you are stuck in a rut with your writing, how do you begin to move into a creative space?
Here are a few points to consider:
Now it's your turn. Recognize what keeps you stuck and make some changes in your writing routine. Be playful, make an environmental change, or add something to your writing space that gives you pleasure. Focus, not on the product, but on the process of writing. Being stuck may be a common ailment that writers face, but it's not without a remedy. •
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Lisa Collazo, LCSW, helps writers who struggle with balancing their heavy work loads with their creative endeavors helping writers of all genres become comfortable with the writing process. More »