Last week, someone on Twitter asked me, “What do you do about writer’s block?”
Before I wrote for business, I used to think there was such a thing as writer’s block. Now I know better. In fact, a few years ago, I discussed the topic with my friend Susan Scott at Maryland Sheep and Wool.
At the time, Susan was writing a series of romance novels and a series of historical novels using her own name for one and a pen name, Miranda Jarrett, for the other. She was expected to finish a book every 6 months.
She told me that writer’s block did not exist. In her world, writing was a profession, not a mystical art form. A muse did not pick her up at home every morning to transport her to an ethereal realm where she wrote if she felt inspired. In fact, she felt so pressed for writing time that she carried her laptop in her purse. It was handy if she was waiting for her kids at school. She tended to get a few sentences written at places like the dentist’s office, soccer matches and while snarled in traffic in Baltimore.
Since then, I have been freed from the idea of writer’s block. If I am tired of working on my novel, I can always edit my newsletter, type up promotional text for new yarns, fill in a template for a pattern, check on ads or whatever. I write all day every day, in one form or another.