365 Days of Hypochondria

And other personal happenings.

Dear Future Words, (Day 124)


I have a confession to make today.

I have serious writer’s block.

It probably has something to do with exams and stress but I just can’t help but take it personally. My work for my creative writing class has become dull and uncreative and when I sit down to write for pleasure, I can’t seem to make the words flow properly. Usually, I can find the perfect words to describe exactly what I’m feeling at a particular moment but lately, I come up dry. My professor comically said that he had a similar problem (probably in the 60s) and he went to the doctor, who prescribed him pills.

“The pills didn’t help, I sat in my bedroom for days and couldn’t stop singing. By the end of the week I could hardly talk, my throat was so sore.”

This anecdote wasn’t very helpful, but he did later ask me if I was “watering my writer’s block”. I’m not too sure what such a thing entails but I’m guessing he wants me to envision my writer’s block as some sort of metaphoric plant that I must learn to work with, perhaps until I can master it. What an interesting metaphor?

I’m hoping to recover from all my stress during winter break. I want to come back to school in January and blow people away with the words that won’t surface just yet. I know I have something to write about, I just haven’t uncovered it.

Be afraid, be very afraid. (You know who you are.)

10 thoughts on “Dear Future Words, (Day 124)

  1. I have the same problem with my art. Ill have a week where I’m so inspired and have this amazing creative energy. Last time I pumped out 3 paintings in a week and then in the middle of the fourth it was just gone..and I haven’t been able to finish it. Inspiration isn’t something you can control, that’s why I’ve always had problems with deadlines…but I love the metaphor he used! You can learn to work with it instead of falling deeper into that rut…I’m still working on figureing out how to go about doing that myself too…hmmmm

    • I think it’s a matter of learning to open yourself up to inspiration, rather than waiting for those random moments to come along. That’s how I’m going to start thinking about it. The random moments of inspiration are what compelled me to write in the first place but I need to have some sort of control over it, I think. I can’t wait for the holidays so I can have a clear mind.

  2. First thing I thought of when reading “watering my writer’s block” was alcohol, going by the writer stereotype. Haha.

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