3.09.2011

When Writer's Block Happens To Good People

I think getting writer's block is sort of like getting the hiccups.  It comes out of nowhere and it's sometimes really hard to get rid of.  Yesterday I posed the question of how one should go about curing such a affliction and I was met with a slew of solutions.  Some were food related (eat chocolate cake, have chips and guacamole, an offer to come over for Borcscht), some suggestions were a little stronger (wine, whiskey, bourbon) and some were more tame and healthy (walk, good workout at the gym, reading a good book or taking a long hot shower). It's been a couple of days and I'm still staring at a blank screen and it seems the words just don't want to affix themselves to it.  Because I refuse to put up something for the sake of it and not something that I'm proud of, I'm taking a couple days off to rid myself of this little ailment, spend some time in my kitchen and get that creativity going.

See you in a couple of days and until then, let's hear your writer's block solutions!

9 comments:

Boston Food Diary said...

I love the idea and I hate it all at once-miss my daily dose of the SBK!

Daisy said...

Wine and Whiskey work well for dealing with writers block (ah but not for curing it!) I think there is a difference. But what do I know ;) I think a walk works. So does reading. or just general downtime for the brain.

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

I second the wine cure. Writer's block and creative cooking blocks are the worst curses!

Genevieve said...

I'm sure that your writers block will be cured after Friday :)

Simone said...

I totally agree with Genevieve!

Elizabeth said...

I think what i'm coming to realize is, if you absolutely don't have to write at that moment, don't force it. Step away and attempt to come back to it with a fresh perspective. I'm definitely having a little case of it these past few weeks.

Lisa said...

I agree with Elizabeth. Don't think about it. Meditation helps and I find that whenever I can't find the words, if I take break and take a hot shower, somehow I always get an aha moment!

The Small Boston Kitchen said...

Thank you!! I'm starting to feel it come back...getting excited! Thanks for the advice!

Alicia said...

I totally feel for you - it happens to me all the time.
Sometimes it helps me a lot to just open a word document and type - just words, then sentences....not even about food, just free writing....It helps to get the writing juices going.

Besides that, I think occasional breaks are a good idea!

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