Writer's block: "Writing about writer's block is better than not writing at all." - Charles Bukowski. I like this definition. It pretty much describes what I'm doing. Kevetching about writer's block. I'll do it larger:
WRITER'S BLOCK SUCKS THE BIG HAIRY FAT ONE!
There. It had to be said. And in blue, because writer's block gives me the blues.
"I don't believe in writer's block. Do doctors have 'doctors block?' Do plumbers have plumbers' block?' No. We all have days when we don't feel like working, but why do writers turn that into something so damn special by giving it a faintly romantic name?" - Larry Kahaner. I'm pretty sure the answer to that question is that writers are prima donnas. Pretty darn sure.
Where was I? Ah, writer's block, and also making up stuff. I have a magazine on my desk with an article about black holes. I've read the article three times because I didn't understand the first two times. There's a comment about "confounding general relativity" and "particle physics" which gives me a headache kind of like the kind I get when I've been skipping drinking tea. I should probably take the magazine off my desk, but it gives me a little cheap thrill to say something about it. (Scientific American, which is probably something most people like me buy because it helps them feel smarter. It doesn't make me feel smarter to read the same article three times, but I'm persistent. Also I like making the fonts smaller in some sentences, just to see if people are paying attention.)
1. I brainstorm everything in five minutes, even the silliest storyline imaginable. That one involved radioactive clowns and geomagnetic t-rexes starting a detective's agency in Phoenix, Arizona in an alternative time where aliens helped George Washington discover his feminine side while crossing the Delaware. I bet no one ever did that one.
2. I hit my head with a mallet until stars appear. Or until I wake up in the hospital. Hospitals are always good for inspiration. It's the drugs or sometimes the time spent in the ER waiting room where you meet people you will never meet anywhere else ever. (And they don't give a damn if I change the font size.)
3. I take a break. Unfortunately this break lasted two months, but it's better than not ever writing again. (Harper Lee's got her second book coming out after fifty years, which is essentially something she wrote before To Kill a Mockingbird, which is a different version of the same book. So she wrote one book. That's it. Do you think she ever gets tired of people asking her why she didn't write another damn book?) I lurve Gregory Peck.
Okay, I'm done. I just wanted to