I found myself sitting on the floor talking to my roommates when I realized what I would write about. I was complaining about how I had no inspiration, as a true tortured writer does.
“There’s no such thing as writer’s block. That’s just an excuse,” my friend and apparently superior writer said. Immediately, I defended my stance. It is, too, a thing.
I signed up to be a columnist because I like writing columns. I don’t want to procrastinate, I just want to write a column that actually has complex sentences. So I researched it.
Writer’s block is definitely real, and it’s a form of anxiety, according to an article by Lisa Duchene at Penn State.
Bingo! I have anxiety. I know all about that. Perfect.
Most experts believe writer’s block begins in elementary school, where we are taught that writing is a kind of performance rather than a process.
This makes even more sense. To date, I have written around three assignments for school that I truly enjoyed writing.
This is undoubtedly old news. We all know how homework sucks out our passion and our souls and causes anxiety in many of us. That’s not the point I am trying to make.
My point is that I can write a column even when I feel like I have no inspiration. If my friend/supposed superior writer tells me my complaints are invalid, my writing fury is sparked and the passion is ignited.
Hey, look at that. We have a column.