This past Thursday marked three months since dismantling my life as I knew it and moving to Australia. You could call it an annivAUSary… but, then again, you probably wouldn’t.
It also marked three weeks since shacking up with my newest – and least favourite – housemate: writer’s block.
A quick Google search of “How to overcome writer’s block” produces the same piece of advice over and over and over again: do not, in any way, submit to the temptation to throw your hands in the air like you really – and I mean really – don’t care. Under no circumstance should you indulge the nagging voices in the back of your mind singing songs about your creative failures, your intellectual fraudulence, and your total lack of authenticity.
“Just write,” they say. “Put pen to paper, write, and things will get better.”
Because I make my living as a writer, I often have no choice but to “just write” – not only because I have bills to pay, but because I care about my clients and it’s important to me to deliver on the promises I make to them. As a professional, I must conquer the fear of the blank page on an almost daily basis, but on a personal level, the closest I’ve come to a blog post in the last month was a grocery list.
The science checks out, though: it is much easier to continue than it is to begin.
Unfortunately, however, writing is not a science… it is an art. But like science, art is hard. It’s messy. It’s frustrating. Sometimes inspiration strikes at the most inconvenient of times and in the most inconvenient of places… and sometimes it eludes you altogether.
So what’s a girl to do?
In an attempt to incorporate “just write” into my personal regimen, I’ve subscribed myself and, in so doing, this blog, to a 31-day #my500words challenge. The premise is simple: 500 words a day for 31 days.
500 words should be a breeze, right?
Word count: 395. Shit.
Inspiration does not simply arrive; in many cases, it must be hunted. That’s why I’m on the hunt, and why I’m looking to you, Internet, for inspiration.
Every good blog post has a call to action, so here’s mine: help me survive this 500-a-day diet.
I want to give you control of the next 30 days’ worth of content.
I’m passing the torch on to you: what would you like to see discussed on Little Writer, Big World? Ask me a question (but let’s try to keep it PG-13), share a thought-provoking quote, a news article, or whatever it is that’s been keeping you up at night.
My promise: to work through as many submissions as possible before the 31 days (ending Tuesday, June 7) are up.
Here’s how to get in touch:
- Leave a comment below;
- Shoot me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org);
- Find (and follow!) me on Facebook; or
- Find (and follow!) me on Instagram.
I can’t wait to see what we come up with and everything I learn along the way.
PS – Word count: 515. Success!