Marie Tueje's blog: short texts about all things.

Writer's block

I've been struggling with my writing for at least two weeks now, so it seemed to make perverse sense to write about it. This blog is a space for me to order my thoughts on topics mostly relating to how I approach my career as a freelancer, but also on subjects that are interesting to me and are possibly of interest to others, too. There are two possible causes for my sudden inability to string 300-500 words together coherently on a given subject.

One reason is falling out of a routine. Writing - like most creative acts - has a lot of routine built into it. What I mean is that doing it involves routine, and to get better one needs a routine. Even the word ‘practice’ suggests this. Whilst one might say, 'my creative practice involves...' we also practice a task that we want to get better at. All of which is to say that de-coupling from that routine will, of course, have consequences. So when I talk of experiencing writer’s block, I do need to remember that it has taken a good deal of practice and dedication to get to the stage where I could do it relatively easily, anyway. [Note to self]

Another possible reason behind my writer's block is having a disordered mind; lots of things going on up there and at the moment and - perhaps - not a lot of structure. This has eased off to some degree, but I have found that I have to work very hard to take my mind off everything, and even when trying very hard, it is sometimes not possible to truly contemplate.

So, this is where I will begin. Re-ordering my thoughts and making an extra effort to regularly contemplate and regain an consciousness equilibrium. Let's see how that goes.