That IS good advice…

So, while reading Sean Bonner earlier, I saw a post where he linked to a Tony Pierce article on writers block. Which is a fairly convoluted way to get there as I usually read Pierce regularly… Regardless, Pierce says:

“to me writers block happens when you are afraid to say the things that you want to say. it happens when you self edit yourself before you start writing or while you are writing. it happens when youre trying to be a perfectionist. when youre trying to write to one hard-to-reach person instead of to a willing and wide audience. and it happens when youre confused as to who your audience is.

to me writers block is the devil whispering ‘you suck, this sucks, you cant write, nobody cares, so and so has said this before and better, bloggings dumb, your blogs dumb, youre dumb,”

That sums it up very well.

I’ve recently broken free from writers block in a big way with my new screenplay — he types quietly, hoping not to jinx it.

But, that is also definitely my problem with blogging. I sit down with a story to tell, but then convince myself that it is not nearly clever or entertaining enough. (The fact that the stuff I DO post has made the cut is probably quite frightening.)

However, I am going to keep plugging away. I may never get to the point where I am completely happy with my blogging, but reading blogs like those of Bonner and Pierce can only help.

Of course, if all else fails I can go back to go back to American Idol recaps and rants about the awesomeness of Lauren Graham. A dude’s gotta play to his strengths, eh?

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  1. Lilly says:

    True. My best writing is when I am uninhibited (which isn’t very often, unfortunately). And that’s why my blog is unknown to the people who really know me and I use an alias. Maybe once I get over the stranger-judging-me hurdle I can one day come “out of the closet.” The blog I currently have isn’t my first. I ended up deleting my other one (on my social networking site) because it seemed to cause too many problems in my personal life. Where is the line? Should there be a line? If the best writers write freely then how does one reconcile that with their personal lives? What have been your experiences with this?

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