A long holiday weekend (Labor Day!) and as promised somewhere, I am back with another article.
Today, we’re going to discuss a situation that happened to me on Labor Day, where no matter what I did to get motivated to write, I simply could not do it. None of my usual exercises, rituals, tips or tricks could budge that gray wall of obnoxious nothingness that pervaded my soul and vomited on my word processor.
Actually, it was a lot less dramatic than that. It was just….meh. I don’t mean the usual “meh” where you just shrug your shoulders and wait for it to pass. I’m talking about that militant kind, the kind that actively makes you stop in your tracks and go “WTF am I doing?”
I don’t have an actual name for this situation, except to nickname it being “Stonewalled”. I’ll refer to it thusly because in essence, you are literally having an impenetrable stone wall dropping down between you and your creativity, keeping you from progressing and the more you try to fight it the worse it becomes.
The good news is that this tends to differ from Writer’s Block because at least with Writer’s Block, once you start dropping words you can work your way past the block and get into the writing flow.
I would love to tell you how to beat being stonewalled because it’s an insidious condition to go through if your main love is writing. Alas, I cannot, but another piece of good news is that it doesn’t last very long. You literally have to walk away from what you are doing until the conditions that created the stonewalling subside and that may take as long as your coping mechanisms will allow.