February will mark three years that I have been writing for Chicagonow. I have officially published 306 blogs in that time frame, so 102 per year. Given my work schedule and busy life I'm pretty satisfied with the number of pieces I've put out. However, in the past two weeks I have suffered from the worst case of writer's block I can ever remember.
Definition of writers block: "the problem of not being able to think of something to write about or not being able to finish writing a story, poem, etc." Yep, that's me right now.
I have not only been writing for the past three years. Writing is something I have loved to do for as many years as I can remember. In high school my favorite class was creative writing. I still have the journal that I kept in that class. I wrote poetry like a maniac; I still have those journals as well. I suppose I could share some of those poems however, they were written in the midst of teen angst and heartbreak and well, they just plain suck.
I've studied screen writing as well taking many classes, seminars and even wrote a full 120 page script. I've had a few things published over the years; a piece in the Sun Times back in 1989 when the Cubs were actually good and another piece in Baby Talk Magazine in 1990 when I was having difficulties handling being a full time working mother (that was a really long sentence). I write when I feel passionate about something; I don't write just to write.
These past seven months have been very different for me. I have chronicled much of my journey with my second case of breast cancer, my hair loss, mastectomy, etc. It's been easy for me to write about these things; I've felt a lot of passion and the NEED to get my thoughts out. Most of what I've written during this time has flowed from my mind to my fingertips without an effort. Prior to this I wrote about so many different subjects I couldn't really say I had one particular thing that I "specialized" in.
So, how does one get over this writer's block? Yesterday I solicited suggestions from people on my Facebook page. I got some great suggestions, many things that were news of the day. I often pass on things that are extremely timely as I know that thousands of other bloggers are probably covering that same subject. Of course there are times that I do hit the news items of the day and I've been fortunate when I do, to elicit a good response.
I believe that right now I am blocked as I have fallen into the routine of only writing about my illness and what it has entailed. I never wanted to be the person that only wrote about breast cancer but I did hope to help other women through the journey as well. Perhaps I am struggling because other things may seem less significant than before.
I need to get over that. I need to review all the posts I've done in the past three years and see that there was life before cancer and remember that it's okay to write about silly things.
And if I don't write for two weeks, that's okay too. I'll be back.
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