Battling writers block

Wow, did I just take a long ride down a dark trail. I can think of no other time when I have been more drained, creatively speaking, than the last month. I just went through an emotional upheaval of epic proportions and it stole my ability to write even a sentence, let alone a paragraph. Talk about writers block—I had writers wall.
I remember thinking that I just needed to turn on the computer and start writing something. I tried. I turned it on…I looked at the screen…I was frozen. I had no ability to write. I would think to myself that in time I would be ok, I just needed a day or so, and then I would be ok—not!
We all, as writers, have different triggers for our creative juices; mine actually flow more from emotional upheaval then from the joyful experiences in my life.  What I mean by that is that I can write from a deep, deep, connective voice when I am writing about life`s experiences both good and bad. Some writers get inspired by the sight of a beautiful rose, a waterfall, a baby`s giggle, or a playful puppy. I get my inspiration from the realism of life in terms of human experience.
I finally realized that until I was on the other side of the emotional mountain, I would be unable describe, or even vent for that matter, what was in my heart and head.
In the end, I was able to type out a new story called “Dark Harvest.” I was also inspired to work on a devotional (which I would have never dreamed I would be interested in doing). One of my goals here at this site is to give a transparent voice to fellow writers and readers, including myself obviously. I hope Two Drops of Ink will be a site to share our experience, strength, and hope as writers. I want my fellow writers to smile, laugh, and maybe even cry as they read the posts, knowing that they are not alone.
God bless—WP
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S.W. Biddulph

Scott Biddulph is a published writer, author, and poet from North Georgia. He began writing as a youngster and followed his lifelong dream of reaching people through the written word when he returned to The University of North Georgia in 2013 to finish earning his BA/English with a concentration on publication and creative writing. His publications include the following: an eBook, Apples of Gold: A collection of inspirational short stories and poems (Smashwords, 2010) and a paperback, Voices from the Heart, (Createspace, 2012). His poetry is published in Papers and Publications Undergraduate Research Journal. Vol 3 (2014) and the award-winning Chestatee Review (Spring, 2015), among other places (Check his LinkedIn profile for a full list of his publications). He is currently working on publishing poetry, creative non-fiction, academic essays, and his memoir. ******** Scott has also worked as an intern editor for the University of North Georgia Press. As a freelance editor, he has done the layout and design of several books and magazines. He is currently working with several authors on various publication projects in which he is either ghostwriting, editing manuscripts, or doing the layout and design of their books. ******** Finally, and most importantly, he is a father, grandfather, husband, and dedicated Harley Davidson rider. He and his family enjoy the beauty of the North Georgia Mountains where they live—especially their screened in back porch where they love to bird watch. ******** ~ "I love realism. I love writing about the raw, down-to-Earth, heartfelt realities of life. I love to write in a way that reaches into the human soul—to take the greatest pains and struggles in life, and make them a blessing to others. Fantasy is a wonderful, interesting thing—but real-life situations, feelings, fears, and dreams are an unexplored ocean of stories that need to be told." ~ ~Scott Biddulph~

2 comments

  1. Thanks Beth,
    I have never tried that, sounds like a good plan. My mentor is Anne Lamott who always encourages the transparent release of our neurotic episodes *smiling*. I was able to get through it and actually write a fictional short story based on true events. Thanks for stopping in and sharing your thoughts. WP

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  2. Yes, those emotional mountains can really get in the way of writing. One old trick: picture someone you want to write TO — like a grandparent, old friend, someone who won't “judge” you. Then sometimes the words flow. Keep writing.

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