I’m in the midst of the worse case of writer’s block I’ve had since 2004. I don’t usually get writer’s block–I count myself fortunate for that–so I’ve never really developed any methods for getting through it. I thought I’d give blogging a shot in the event that writing something, anything, would help me drag myself through the black pit that is currently my creative brain.
I’m supposed to be writing a script for a three-minute internal communications video. THREE MINUTES. That’s IT. I’ve written much longer scripts! I’ve written ridiculously longer stories, reports, chunks of novels, etc.!
Here’s the root of my problem: one of my writing quirks has always been that I can’t write anything else until I have my lead, my first line, the epic beginning of whatever is to follow. I don’t have an opener for this and it’s clogging up everything else that’s swimming around my head.
I suppose this is an occupational hazard. Accountants don’t come into work and forget how to navigate their spreadsheets. Yet here I sit, the writer unable to write.
Was it Hemingway that said he most feared a blank sheet of paper?