There I was….strolling through the kitchen, on the prowl like a jungle cat. It’s 3 AM, and I am again looking around for something to answer the question: What shall I eat? If only it were that easy?
This is more than just a story about the joy of Oreo cookies. It is not about being a predator or satisfying hunger. Actually, it’s all about something a lot bigger.
Any writer, good or bad, has moments where the hand and the heart are willing and able, but nothing comes out of the pen. Try though you might, you are left with a piece of paper, a blank piece of paper. Writers Cramp.
The pressure mounts. Self imposed deadlines only add to the stress and the anxiety associated with the blank piece of paper that rests before you. Sports! Football season is beginning and baseball is heating up and basketball has had a very active offseason and all of a sudden you have tons of material with which to massage and relieve the writers cramp.
And then you look at the newspaper and the front page of every paper has some witty anecdote about the President o f the United States and all of a sudden you have gone from being a writer without a cause to being a writer whose cup runneth over.
You are now tempted to write something quick, easy and topical. You can now load up and write blogs that will last you a month if not longer.
But you must not give in to your temptation. You must hold on to what you think is right. Once you have cured the Block, you are more likely to know how to a handle it if it comes back again. Temptation must be met with mental strength and resistance. Y( must be prepared to deny your body and cravings, telling yourself that you cannot win if you keep giving in. If you stick with it, you will find that temptation becomes easier and easier to manage. Give it a shot! o f a sudden. I’m going back to bed….sans cookies