Writer’s Block? It’s a Good Thing!

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Writer’s Block and Writing Addiction: A Brief History

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How a Normal Author Works

In this section, we’ll follow what a typical and healthy author goes through, starting with initial story ideation, and ending with a final publication. You may want to take notes of critical differences between your behaviors and that of our hypothetical role model, so you can prepare yourself for what to expect.

“Hi, Occupant! My name is Xing-Liu! But you can call me Doris. I love the story, but have a few questions. First, you used a phrase in your story that I don’t understand. It’s where your female character says to her lawyer, “I can’t believe I married that manic-depressive son-of-a-bitch that ruined my life.” This concept is foreign to me. My husband and his parents told me that we don’t have that problem in our country.”

At this point, the author begins to suspect that Doris may not be a good editor to work with, so the publisher is contacted, who, after some discussion, agrees to assign a new editor, provided the author pays another $5000, but this time, in Ethereum. The author has never heard of Ethereum, but the publisher explains that it’s value is currently “economically more advantageous” than bitcoin. Whatever.

Signs of Writing Addiction

An author that suffers from writing addiction doesn’t just focus on one thing at a time. They’re all over the place, not just with multiple ideas, but multiple genres in the same story: romance, fiction, science, romance, science-fiction, fan fiction, romantic-sci-fi-role-playing, economics, politics, psychology, sociology, socio-psychology, romantic-poli-sci-sci-fi, and medicine. Concepts stream out of their imaginations and get shipped around their brains, where they sit and jiggle like jello. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle…

Writer’s Block or Addiction? A Self-assessment

Now that we’ve reviewed the various symptoms of both writer’s block and writing addiction, it’s important to test yourself to see where you are along that spectrum. Answer each of the questions on this simple ten-question survey by circling only one answer associated with each question. If we catch you cheating, no soup for you. We’ll discuss scoring afterwards.

Conclusion

Well, I hope you learned something today, either about yourself, or of your future, and the many ways good, effective writing can ruin your life, or at least, those around you. In the next article, we’ll talk about techniques for taking your writing to the next step by employing effective tools for creating story ideas, finding inspiration, writing guides, and even doing some real writing exercises.

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