Writer’s Block?

I had a fellow interview me a couple years ago and asked me about “Writer’s Block” and I answered that I never had believed in writer’s block, except that it is just an excuse to not write. I’ve always felt that way, and yet I admit that sometimes my brain seems “empty” when I sit down to work on a novel. In fact, if I were pressed on the art of writing I would not be able to say how I do it, or “where” it comes from. I know this: If my wife or even if I read something myself that I wrote some time ago it is like reading something that was written by some stranger.

But getting back to “writer’s block” I know that I almost always have something—a skeleton of a story—floating around in the back of my head. And if I feel stumped on my current novel’s progress it helps if I start writing on something else. Like the short story floating in the back of my mind. I do think that if you call yourself a writer, you should write SOMETHING every day. Remember, the famous authors of the “golden age” (Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, etc.) when they were not writing books were prodigious letter writers. They wrote everybody, all the time. Writing is an art, true – but it is also a skill and like golf or anything that requires skill you have to keep doing it all the time to be at “the top of your game.” Keep writing!

About johnbeckmanbooks

John Beckman, a retired meteorologist, was known as “Johnny the Weatherman” in a career that spanned forty years. He forecasted the weather on WSJS-TV in Winston-Salem, NC, at WFGA-TV in Jacksonville, FL, and for thirty-three years in Atlanta at WSB-TV and WXIA-TV. Also a well published author Beckman now devotes full time to writing fiction. He currently has several eBooks on Amazon.com, "Tropical Knights," first in a series of adventure/mysteries about a sailor and his lovely CIA cohort on a mission to save America. Now available the sequel, and second in the series: "Tropical Daze." The third Jack & Amy adventure is "Tropical Rage" which became available on 30 April 2014. All of his books are highlighted on http://johnbeckmanbooks.com and available from Amazon.com. . .
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