I’ve been going back and forth the entire month trying to figure out a topic for my monthly blog post, but I just couldn’t zero in on anything of interest. It’s the curse of the writer’s block. However, while going through some photos I took during Wonder Con last weekend, I realized that I haven’t really blogged about my Ninja Turtles fandom. And that’s kind of a shame because they played such a huge part in my childhood, and they continue to inspire and entertain me to this day (with the exception of Michael Bay’s movies – I’m a fan of Ninja Turtles, not the ugly, illegitimate love children of Shrek and The Hulk).
Writer’s block. It’s more like a cinder block, really. Sometimes I can feel it weighing me down, tempting my forehead to meet my desk in a violent manner. Repeatedly. It’s the most frustrating foe in a writer’s rogues gallery and equivalent to Batman’s Joker, Thor’s Loki, or Adam Sandler’s agent (for the love of Odin, please tell Sandler he doesn’t have to accept every vomit-inducing script he reads). Writer’s block is especially difficult when on a deadline. As an MFA student, I fall under that category, having to produce a packet of new fiction every month. Packet number three is fast approaching. It’s not a good time to feel that cinder block hovering above me, but I can already see the hard, gray corners forming. I had a fun story idea initially. After trying to flesh out the idea and plot some of the events, I had realized this story wasn’t going to work as I initially planned. There were too many plot threads to squeeze into a short story. Now I’m struggling to come up with an alternate idea. Writing a humorous horror story is harder than it looks. Just as ask Stephenie Meyer. Don’t worry, that’s a little joke. See how it sparkles in the sunlight? Meyer has more success than I’ll ever see in five lifetimes, so it’s fine.
What happens when a writer runs into the inevitable block? What can you do to crush that thing into little pieces like a Mortal Kombat test of might? Here are few techniques I use to overcome the writer’s most dreaded adversary.