If you look real hard at the ruins of that castle you can see the ghostly image of my ancestor, MacDaniel Wilner, of the Clan Wilner. Yep, that castle belongs to my family and one day soon I am going to claim it for my own.
One day the locals will ask what happened to Tower House of Urquhart Castle on Loch Ness and find out that some Jewish kid from Encino has taken it over, rebuilt it from the ground up and turned it into a living museum.
Tevye spent his time dancing around a barn singing about what would happen if he became a rich man, but I am going to do more than sing, I am going to make it happen.
I am going to sell tickets to see the Loch Ness monster and offer the fine visitors a chance to take a ride on Nessie’s back. The secret of my success is that people love to lie to themselves.
Writer’s Block Doesn’t Exist
Writer’s Block doesn’t exist. It is a myth. It is the same lie we tell ourselves when we say we are only going to eat one slice of cake.
Some of you may disagree. I don’t have to “Google” the term to know there are going to be approximately 2,993,983 posts on how to cure it. I’ll guarantee that a portion of the cures they offer involve spending a couple of bucks on an ebook or some other electronic cure.
Maybe if my parents didn’t read my blog I might have the balls to try to sell you one too, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. That is because the way to cure a myth is to take a good look at it in daylight.
If we define Writer’s Block as being an inability to write because you don’t have any ideas than we have an easy diagnosis. You need to read more. You need to stop listening to the whispers of the internal editor that says your work isn’t good enough.
You need to sit down and write. Put pen to paper and just write. Turn the keyboard on and start tapping. That is the cure. It is that easy.
The River Will Burst Into Flames
I am not talking about the Cuyahoga River either. I am talking about your imagination because that it is your secret weapon.
And the way to stimulate your imagination is to read….a lot. Read the phone book, read the newspapers, read fiction. The more reading you do the more thoughts you’ll think and more ideas will begin to flow through your head.
Do it enough and you’ll begin to feel like your head is about to burst open. You’ll have so many things you want to write about you’ll find yourself facing a new challenge, but a good one.
Writing is a skill that can be improved through practice and the only way to do it is to write.
I Never Worry About Writer’s Block
These aren’t just words to me. I believe what I say because I never worry about Writer’s Block. It took about 30 seconds to come up with story about the castle and MacDaniel Wilner.
My biggest challenge lies in turning off the voice of the internal editor. Sometimes I read my words and hate them because they don’t feel like they have the sort of rhythm and flow I want.
I usually compose my posts on the fly and do my writing right here at the keyboard. It is easy for me to pump out large volumes of content but sometimes those words feel wrong. So my challenge isn’t a lack of ideas at all.
It is trying to figure out if my internal editor is being reasonable or not. The goal isn’t to produce content that is good enough. I want more, but I also understand that we can’t always hit a home run.
The trick is trying to find that balance, but I never worry about Writer’s Block because Writer’s Block is as real as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness monster.
What do you think?