When was the last time you heard a plumber say, “I just can’t plumb today.” What about a doctor saying, “I can’t perform today. I don’t know why, I’m just not in the zone today.” They don’t. For some reason, this excuse has been accepted in the artist community. Maybe it’s because there’s more pressure to perform. Maybe it’s because a lot of us have muses. Whatever the reason, I call flag on the play.
Writer’s block does’t exist.
Jobs don’t leave room for underperformance. Neither does our craft. Seth Golden, Robert Parker, Steven Pressfield, all have cranked out works like robots. How? How do they overcome writer’s block? It’s not some special formula. They’re no different from us. The answer is just do. Decide your method of resistance. Whether it is writing a certain number of pages every day, writing only for a specific amount of time or merely finishing what you start, decide your method of madness. Once you choose, don’t excuse yourself for anything less. Writer’s block is just a figment of your imagination. If you want tips for how to have resistance, check back in a couple days for my post, 4 P’s to Beat Writer’s Block