How to Write: Life After Writer’s Block


Don Quixote

“Show me how.”

Sooner or later, everyone either says those words, or hears those words directed at themselves.

I repeat, for emphasis: “Show me how.”

Game on. Let’s give you now only one communication tool – the written word. Your task is to communicate a message or a set of instructions to someone you have never met before. Yes, you need to tell someone else how to do something. There is no possibility of interaction between you, the writer, and your audience, the reader.

Here’s the prompt: “Choose a common or everyday task, menial, nothing big, except you are familiar with the task. You know how to do it. Now, try to describe it to your reader in a fun/interesting way, or shed some new light on something, see things from a different perspective.

OK? Here goes:

Writer’s block is what happens when you don’t know what you want to write about. If you did know, you would be writing, right? At least, that is what it seems like to me. For some reason, or other, you are blocked. On paper, you have nothing. On your computer screen, you have nothing. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing.

Well, here’s a tip: forget about it. Go find another life for yourself that does not involve writing. After all, how hard can it be to just simply stop writing? Since you’re blocked anyway, it would not be so difficult to just go along with the flow.

Like Bruce Lee said: “Be water my friend.” Go with the flow. Turn off your computer, put down your pen and paper, and go live your life. When you have something you want to write about, you have to write about, you need to write about, then return to the scene of the crime. Return to your computer, sit down and write.

Writer’s block is not the end of the world. Open your arms wide, embrace it, and keep on living. I think you will be surprised what will happen. Life itself will give you something to write about. Writer’s block is just a way of telling us that we need to not let the writing interfere with living.

Well, as you can see, I’m always writing. I never have writer’s block. Writing is living for me. Writing is like breathing, eating, sleeping, playing, singing, dancing, etc. You get the picture. Writing is life and life is writing. Writer’s block is for people who have forgotten to live, and let’s face it, when you forget to live, it’s because you are already dead.

If you are already dead, why bother writing about it?

Amazon Author Page: Thomas Jerome Baker




About profesorbaker

Thomas Baker is the Past-President of TESOL Chile (2010-2011). He enjoys writing about a wide variety of topics. The source and inspiration for his writing comes from his family.
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