Dougie Brimson. Author, screenwriter, serial moaner.
It’s not often I write anything about the process of writing because I tend to think that to do so would infer that I actually know what I am talking about. And this clearly not being the case, I’m not sure I could live with the guilt if anyone followed my advice and it all went horribly wrong.
So, when people mail me asking for guidance what I tend to do is to be either as supportive as I can or point them in the direction of the seemingly endless websites, blogs or even perish the thought, books (old school I know, but I am old) concerned with the world of penmanship. That way, I can’t be blamed for anything. There is however, one exception.
You see when it comes to writing, there is one topic which is guaranteed to get me going and that is the thorny subject of writers block.
Wikipedia defines writers block as a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite.
Well I’m sorry, but I’ve written a lot over the years and with 13 books on my backlist I feel reasonably qualified to comment on this matter and as far as I’m concerned, writers block is bollocks. It’s merely a term invented by writers as an excuse behind which they are able to hide.
So with that in mind, anyone who does think they are ‘suffering’ please take note of the following:
I could go on, but you get the general idea.
Now I’m not saying people don’t get stuck and to be honest, I’ve hit an obstacle in pretty much everything I’ve ever written. But for me, dealing with problems is part of the creative process and in many ways, one of the most exciting. Not least because it forces you to look at your work from a totally different perspective and in my experience that’s always a good thing for a writer. If only because it’s often where the best ideas are lurking.
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My name is Dougie Brimson; author, screenwriter and lover of all things blokey. This is my blog.
In the main, it will feature my opinions, provide the odd bit of advice or possibly be nothing more than a good rant just to get something off my chest but it might occasionally contain words and thoughts that are best described as provocative. As a consequence, please be aware that what you might read may not necessarily reflect the true opinions of the author but are instead, designed purely to illicit a response of some kind.
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