When you think of writer’s block, what is it exactly that first comes to mind? Personally, thinking back on the phrase takes me to middle school, which may be when I first heard or used the phrase.
You’ve heard me say probably many times that I love writing, always have. So, loving to write in middle school isn’t abnormal for me to say about myself. I can hear my peers at the time using it as an excuse to get out of homework or in-class assignments.
“But I’ve got writer’s block,” they would say.
I asked around prior to writing this column, and mostly the response for the phrase was negative.
“I guess that means it would be a slow news day,” was one of the responses I received.
Merriam-Webster defines writer’s block as the problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to finish writing a story, poem, etc. More specifically, it adds that writer’s block is a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.
I will admit to having writer’s block quite a few times throughout the years — OK, so maybe more than a “few” times. It comes with the territory of loving to write. Not only has it come with research papers throughout school, but it comes when coming up with story leads for this newspaper.
It comes when I’m writing a letter to a friend or relative, and may not be completely sure what I want to say.
In my opinion, writer’s block can also come when you’re talking with a friend, maybe even sharing difficult information and can’t form the words. Although it’s not physical writing, the process is still the same.
Yes, writer’s block can be negative. But I also don’t see why the phrase can’t be used in a positive way. Because of this, you’re now looking at the new name for my column for The Observer.
Writer’s Block is now my “section” if you will, to express myself to the Newberry community — my thoughts, dreams and adventures will now be shared with you all under this title. The title, however was not an easy thing to come up with — if you don’t believe me, please ask my editor. It’s been a few weeks in the making. I wanted something that I felt reflected on who I am as a person, and who I want to be for my community as a writer.
After all … I have always wanted my own column.
Writer’s Block is a great way to set aside my thoughts each week, month or however often my column runs and express my thoughts with you. Thank you Newberry for reading and continuing to support The Newberry Observer and my new column Writer’s Block.