Thursday, February 20, 2014

Dear Universe, and Where Writer's Block Begins

In his usually bossy manner, he "suggested" that I write a post about writing opportunity as it correlates to my current inability to put words to page.
Ooh, that almost sounded smart! And I even spelled smart right on the first try. Ha!

I would just like to take this moment to say that my kids got me sick again, and I am filing an official complaint with the universe regarding sick time:

Dear Universe,
I truly do feel, with all of my dark cold little heart, that there should be an official limit to how long a person can be sick with plague-like forms of the common cold in any given period of time. I also feel quite strongly that there should be at least 1 month between occurrences, because 1 week simply is not a long enough period of time during which to get and maintain a life.
I would also like to address the small issue of sick leave. Specifically, umm, the fact that there isn't any. At all. If anything, there appears to be more laundry, bigger bills, dirtier floors, hungrier children, and less reliable vehicles. I realize that you are quite busy, and the little detail regarding sick leave may have slipped past you, but I find the current policy to be completely inadequate. Perhaps your definition needs could use an adjustment?
Thank you for your time, Universe.
Mrs. Leavemealoneoriwillbreatheonyou
P.S I don't suppose that you have any time to address the soaring cost of meat, by any chance? Maybe I'm pushing my luck...

Where was I? Oh, opportunities and constipated writing inability writer's block.

So anyways, back in January, there was this chance
a conversation with someone
an idea
that perhaps
just maybe
if I could string together a coherent story with all of those things a real story needs,
it would be something that left my desktop
that was submitted
and edited
and read
maybe even
Not paper, but I have gotten over my e-book snobbery--words are just plain cool. Especially if they're good.

Within a day of that of conversation, I had nothing to say. Anywhere that had anything to do with printed words.
I could barely string together a sentence about what I ate for breakfast (because what I ate for breakfast is really so exciting). Ideas that had been floating around in my mind for a year just drifted off like puffs of smoke, and the ability to use the printed word as a vehicle to describe even my personal thoughts and feelings (as I have been doing for some time now) became suddenly elusive.

The Big Meanie Alpha felt unreasonably strongly suggested that the best way to get over writer's block was to write about where it began. So there. Said with all the grace of a snotty hyena prancing fawn.
I'm tempted to add that he wouldn't know if I had written it or not, since he doesn't read my drivel anymore,  (I suppose that one can hardly blame the man, I dunno what the rest of you are doing here) but saying that might be a touch too unreasonably pouty cheeky. So I won't.


  1. Seems like a reasonably long post for someone with writer's block. just saying. lol. When all else fails, snark wins! i love your writing whether it's well thought and meaningful or humorous and sarcastic. Ok, maybe i like the sarcasm a little bit more.

    1. scarlet,
      lol, yes--snark is my go-to. Of course, my timing is not always exemplary...

      Thank you!

  2. I go for the sarcasm too. It's my stock in trade. Write something, you're great at words, Be like Nike, Just Do It.

    The cost of meat is ridiculous, almost makes me wish I was a vegetarian.

    1. sunnyigrl,
      lmao@Be like Nike!

      I thought about trying to get these guys to eat less meat, then I realized that they would probably just consume more, so it wouldn't really work out...

  3. Vegetable prices are soaring here in CA with our water shortage. It's cheaper to eat at McDonalds. I know, I know, it's the most unhealthy meal that a person can choke down.
    Lil, write like you did this post and keep writing. Don't force anything just let your mind and hand speak to each other and stay out of the way.
    And now that you have mentioned that a certain someone doesn't read your work, he will probably be reading this post. Lol

    1. Blondie,
      it's really terrible, isn't it? Crappy food is so much more affordable.

      I think that trying to force it is where things have backfired on me recently.

      Lol, yes--that is usually the way it works around here!

  4. I jnow you don't want to hear this but the cure for writers block is to write.I love everything you write. I also concur with blondie, I'll lay odds He'll read this time

    1. lm,
      lalalalalalalalalalalalalalaala! Hear wha...?
      Sorry, couldn't help it, lol.

      Thank you!

  5. SP is always after me to "publish!" (Dude, you're the academic, not me...)
    But my muse is unreliable and frankly, if I have to push, writing is no longer something I love... instead, it becomes a chore.
    I do enough things in my life I don't want to.
    Please don't ask me to turn one of my joys into one of those burdens.

    (but on the other hand, I really do love to read your stuff!)

    Little Miss Helpful

    1. Jz,
      I do think that when one changes it into a chore, it really does suck all the joy out of it! I'm sure there's a happy, albeit incredibly elusive, middle ground. Somewhere.

      I like Little Miss Helpful!

  6. Yep i conclude with others comments, just write, put thoughts down now matter how scrambled you think they are, longer you leave it harder it will be.


    1. tori,
      so true about putting it off!
      If I can ever get a free, quiet minute...Okay, maybe "Quiet" is just a lame excuse to never write lol, but minutes are good..

  7. There's a book called "How to Write A Lot." It recommends that to get things written- a person should - wait for it - do lots of writing.... It seems to be so though - even if it's drivel, somehow writing something, anything seems to get the real writing flowing. And I'm with ^them^ your writing is GOOD.

    1. gg,
      thank you! Really.
      I think the whole idea of accepting it as drivel and writing it anyways without pressuring myself too much, might be key for me...

  8. Lil, you just wrote about not being able to write and made it readable, enjoyable and humorous. If you can just keep writing like that ... random thoughts, feelings hopefully the rest will flow. I love your writing :)


    1. Roz,
      thank you!
      I do best with randomness, which does make me wonder about my ability to hold together an actual storyline...

  9. I think Dear Universe letters have good mileage, though I don't think you'll get many replies!
    Hugs DF

    1. DelFonte,
      it's been a while since I wrote one...I got an actual response to the last one... *Shudders and whispers quietly, we don't speak of it*

  10. Shut the front door! You're thinking about writing, like really writing, like a book?! I think you know what I think you should do :)

    1. Misty,
      uh yes, well, I do think about lots of things. I'm great at thinking! It's doing which actually messes everything up...Lol.

      Thank you!

  11. I hear you about the writer's block. I have been trying to get a small series worked out also to precede my novel. The novel is written but just needs fleshing out and I can't do that either.Although maybe your other followers have something. I wrote the novel during NaNoWriMo and really did it in about a week. Maybe i just need to do a certain number of words a day, about anything. Sooner or later something has to spring forth. One would hope. Great post. Good Luck!

    1. Baby C,
      I did get some great ideas on my last post!

      I think that there is something to be said for writing inspiring writing!

      I hope that you find your muse soon.


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