Lately I’ve been stumped on the many projects I’ve buried myself under (what else is new, eh?) and created what is known as a “writer’s block” or “creative block.” Some authors and creatives debate on wether this “creative block” exists. In these SCBWI conference notes, one author, Pam Muñoz Ryan, says there is no such thing as a writers block. On the other hand, Neal Shusterman on the same note page says writers block is very real.
Is this creative block real? How does one overcome this wall blocking the way to the land of creativity and success?
Well I for sure don’t know… BUT…
Here’s what I’ve been up to to help me through it, even if I’m doing everything to procrastinate:
- Read some topic related books to get my mind reeling. Favorites at the moment: Pete the Cat series, Where the Wild Things Are, Millions of Cats, How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight, and Dragons Love Tacos.
- Yeah, I read articles about Picture books too… Tara Lazar always has some good stuff.
- Jot down ideas even if they’re lame. This can also apply to the PiBoIdMo challenge as well as NaNoWriMo.
- Work on something other than my stories, like this postcard contest piece!
- Work on one Picture book at a time. WORK ON ONE PICTURE BOOK AT A TIME. Should I say it again. ONE PB A TIME. ❤ This is probably the most important one of all haha.
- And, since I’m working on Nightlander continuously, I’ve decided to focus on character building until November for NaNoWriMo. ONE CHARACTER AT A TIME.
And that’s it! Personally, I don’t believe in a creative block necessarily. I do however believe in a creative meltdown, consisting of a list of procrastinations/reasons why the creative force should pause because of “real life worries” (day job, bills, health, dealing with the “real world”) Indecisiveness can also pause the creative force (what project will be more successful? Which project won’t waste my time?)
The only way is to power through. So, let’s go!