By Judy Clement Wall
On the question of writers’ block, there are definitely two camps. There are those who have lived the agony of it, and those that say it simply doesn’t exist.
I could write pages and pages about how terrible it is, how I think it’s not so much a block (which would indicate there are, indeed, words that could be pulled from your imagination and laid out on the page) but more an emptiness (a vast, barren wasteland where those words ought to be).
Someone else could tell you about how they’ve never experienced it because it isn’t real. It’s a story we tell ourselves, they’ll say, a sort of exit strategy for when the going gets rough. It’s about fear and perfectionism and laziness, not block. And they’ll have a multitude of publications that prove their point.
So what do you think. Is writer’s block real?
JUDY CLEMENT WALL (j) is a Course Presenter for the Fear of Writing Online Course and co-manages the FoW blog with Milli. j is putting the final touches on her novel, Beautiful Lives, and she blogs about the perils of life, love, writing and cheesecake at Zebra Sounds.