Is there such a thing as bloggers block? I posed this question on Twitter the other night. The reason is simple: I have been avoiding my blog. I don't know why, we've always gotten along just fine, but for the last two weeks it's been splitsville. Granted, I was camping for a week so it wasn't necessarily that easy to blog in the mosquito-infested woods, plus I'd then have to wake my husband to use his hot spot and I wanted to work on my WIP. But when I got back, it was like I couldn't bring myself to open the editor and click the "new post" button.
What is blogger's block? Well, it's the same thing as writer's blog, but it only pertains to blogging. Wikipedia defines writer's block as "a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work." But as a writer, I've always felt more like writer's block was merely the avoidance of writing. Maybe I've just never really experienced it. Although, I'm pretty sure I had a professor in college same this same thing, and I have found it to be true.
The topic of writer's block recently came up on Goodreads. The question, specifically, was: How do you deal with writer's block?
My answer: I write through it. I might be working on a passage and feel totally uninspired, but I keep writing even if it's slow and stilted and I feel like the prose is bland. Eventually, I'll hit a scene that gets the creative juices flowing. For me, the act of writing is a catalyst to inspiration.
And this is very true. I feel like writer's block is a lack of inspiration, but for me, writing is what creates inspiration so if I write and write and write even though I hate what I'm writing, lightening will eventually strike and pulse through my fingertips onto the page.
Case in point is the book I'm currently working on, called The Reaper's Daughter. I'm right near the end of the first draft, which is super exciting, especially since my first book took me eight years to write and this one only took about a year from concept to first draft completion. But I've been stumbling through the last 10,000 words, pushing through. The light bulb over my head isn't completely out, but it's been dim. It's one of those transitional moments where I know I need to write something to get from point A to point B, but where I really want to be is point B so the getting there is rough. But I know if I keep writing it will come. It will come and it will flow and then it will be as magical as the genre I write in.
I suppose the very fact that I'm writing this blog means my blogger's block has bid me farewell, and I'm cool with that. Don't come back please. But I wonder what other people's experiences with writer's block are. How does it hit you? In what shape does writer's block take form in your writing? How do you combat it?
In the meantime, I'll be pushing through until the end. Coming soon to a blog near you, The Reaper's Daughter first draft victory post.
K.M. Randall writes fantasy and paranormal for both a general and young adult audience. Her debut novel, an epic fantasy called Fractured Dream, launched in June 2014, and her second book, The Reaper's Daughter, launched May 2015. Randall also published Fairytale Lost, a prequel to Fractured Dream, as an exclusive on Wattpad. She blogs about dreams, female heroines, and activism and its relevancy to the literary and fictional world. And when in the season, sometimes she just likes to talk about Halloween. She is currently hard at work on the second book in the Dreamer Saga series, Shattered World.