Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Writer’s Block (Part 7 of 16)

"I don't have anything to say," a would-be writer told me at a conference. "I want to write, but there's nothing there." That certainly made her different from the hundreds of people who truly have nothing to say but want to tell the whole world.

After she admitted she came to the conference to learn to open up, I said, "Obviously you must have something or you wouldn't waste your time and money."

"I feel paralyzed when I try to write," she said. She went on to say, "I'm 42 years old, married with two children, and I never went to college and have no credentials. Who wants to read anything I have to say?"

We talked for several minutes and I don't know if I helped, but I told her that she had lived 42 years. Life experiences count—in fact, in many cases, they count more than the diplomas we hang on our walls.

Writer's block in the form of fear tells us that we have nothing to say. If we stand up to that false charge, we can become writers.

3 comments:

  1. I loved how you spoke encouragement and truth into the heart of this woman. You are right, she obviously had something that prompted her to attend a writers conference and I applaud her courage to go that far. Made me think of the verse that says, If we ask God for Bread we do not need to fear He is going to give us a stone.
    She came seeking and I believe went away with answers.

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  2. "That certainly made her different from the hundreds of people who truly have nothing to say but want to tell the whole world." That made me laugh this morning!
    I agree about life experiences counting. I enjoy reading about obstacles others face and how they persevere. Or she can use those experiences in fiction!

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  3. Thank you for this post...I suffer from comparing myself to other writers and that I have nothing to say either...Thank you!

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