Do you ever have those days when you are simply simmering with ideas, but when you eventually need to sit down and put them down on paper (well… figuratively speaking) everything vanishes without a trace? Of course you do. So how do you deal with that? Do you look for inspirational quotes, or do you open a tutorial on writing? Whichever it might be, it should work wonders, and fast, because we don’t have all the time in the world. It is especially relevant if writing is your lifeline.
Over many years I’ve learned that it is possible to just write stepping over yourself and following basic writing rules. Granted, I’ve always thought that Creative Writing as a course in college is nonsense (unless, of course, you’re a gifted person, but you don’t know how to put all your ideas in a coherent manner yet), but for one thing, basic rules and canons, especially those of the Academic Writing, can give you the much-needed push forward when you are stuck. To be perfectly honest, I have hated Academic Writing all my adult life, but I can’t ignore its advantages. And when the going gets tough, the tough get going, right?
So here I am with two of my basic methods when I hit the rock. FYI, I don’t like to use the phrase “Writer’s block,” and I stubbornly have been refusing to use it for many years now. I mean, for me, the problem is not about not knowing what to write. I always know what to write, what I want to write, and what I have to write. The problem is that I sometimes don’t know HOW to write. Or I’m just too tired, or too lazy to even get over with it.
Thus, if I see that writing will give me more pain than joy, I just postpone it (again, and again, and again), until I know for sure that the time is right. On the other hand, there are also those days when you know that it’s do or die. There’s just no other way, but to write and get through it; otherwise, you will be sorry for the rest of your life for not doing it that very moment… Okay, now I’m getting over dramatic, I realize that, but the point is there.
To sum up, I don’t really follow most of the basic writing rules because I learned everything in practice. Granted, all the writings are governed by the same rules, so I’m more than sure that mine adhere to the same set of regulations as well without any obvious intention. Then, if I don’t know how to write something, I just leave it be because I cannot stand when writing because a torture. And finally, if there’s REALLY no other way, but to do it, if I can’t afford to way any longer, I grit my teeth and do it. I don’t believe that the outcome is the best in such a situation, but sometimes are writer has to do what a writer has to do. That is, write.