A Piece of My Mind: I do not
know what to write today
The truth is, ideas catch you up during traffic jams, they drift
in on the lapping water of a cooling bath and even occasionally pop up
while standing behind someone who has dared to take six items into the
five items or fewer shopping queue.'
~Sandi Toksvig, in her column, "Seven" in The Sunday Telegraph
Writer's block is a condition that few people actually understand.
Like tennis elbow, it sounds dafter and less painful than it is. To lose
one's craft is a bereavement.'
Ever had a day when you don't know what to write about? There are days
when my mind seems to go on empty. Mine tends to happen when the dreaded
deadline doom chimes its death knell (this is an overly dramatic version of
an editor sending me an e-mail, asking where my column is and when can she
And still, with all this pressure on me to perform a simple task as in
writing a column, I cannot formulate words to write about something. Anything at all. It feels like my creative well has tapped itself dry of any
ideas. Whereas, days before these ideas flowed out like a river.
So what can I write about . . . Maybe I can reflect on a pressing point of
writing involving integrity, BUT what point do I address? What point of view
to I want to take? I am getting upset, not knowing where to go.
By now you must understand I have a bad case of WRITER'S BLOCK. Oh my
GOD, this can't happen to me! You know Writer's Block is not a named
disease, but it should be one. There is no known cure for the block. We
should have a Writer's Block Foundation . . . You know a mind is a terrible
thing to waste.
I stare at the blank computer screen. The cursor blinks in its rhythm,
like the second hand of a watch. I don't need to hear the tick of the clock, I
already hear its tick, tick, tick in my head as time goes by. And still I
cannot fester an idea to write this month's column.
Wait I have an idea! Maybe I should print a page from my daily personal
journal. And maybe I shouldn't, it may seem too boring for many to read . .
. I know I wrote it!
Why don't I call another writer friend and see what they are writing?
Just my luck, they may have a worse case of Writer's block, worse then mine
. . . then we will just be crying in our beers.
Ideas should come to you, so many say. However, there are days when your
creative tap is all tapped out. Your lovely inner voice chimes out "C'mon
you have to have an idea somewhere?"
Sometimes, I wish there was an idea fairy. Like the tooth fairy, leaving
an idea under your pillow with a chocolate mint . . . instead of a dollar. I
hear the voice of the tooth fairy, who is not allowing my chocolate candy.
"What do you mean I can't have a chocolate mint?', I tell her indignantly.
"This is my fantasy . . . and If I want a chocolate mint under my pillow . .
. I will have a mint!" I smile, telling off that winged toothy fairy. You
see you don't mess with me fairy. She won't bother me, she paid for all
my baby teeth already!
So, instead of writing today, I muse what I can do. I could play games on
the Internet. Or maybe I could surf the web and look for an idea to write
about. However when I do surf, I tend to wander over to E-BAY and bid on DVDs
I want. That won't get the column written. It will only make me buy more
items with the money I will earn from writing the column, so I feel
I enjoy the talents of writer/director/actor Kevin Smith. For those who
don't know him, he is the writer and the director of Dogma, Jersey Girl,
Chasing Amy, Clerks, and Mallrats. In his DVD An Evening with Kevin Smith
2- Evening Harder, he told an audience in Toronto "I don't have writer's block.
I have writer's malaise. I tend to watch episodes of Law and Order. Then my
wife reminds me about the mortgage payment and I rush into working as fast
as I can." I wish that would happen to me, but I have a block. I know cuz I
So here I sit, waiting for inspiration to hit. Like Newton waiting for
his apple to hit his head, I too wait for my idea to hit . . . wish me luck!
Until next time, Reach for the Stars
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Bennet Pomerantz is a media review columnist in
175 newspapers with his weekly column AUDIOWORLD. His fiction and
reviews have appeared in the pages of Affaire De Coeur, Gateways, Mystery
Scene, Power Star, The Hot Corner, Washington Entertainment Magazine, and
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