I don't like the term "writer's block". It fails to capture the real suffering we writers go through when we experience it. Non-writers hear "writer's block", and they think, "Oh. It's just a wanna-be writer griping about a lack of ideas." Or all the non-writers share their ideas for overcoming writer's block. Or they just don't see the problem. That because "writer's block" doesn't even begin to describe the issue. It falls short. And this thing called "writer's block" is much worse than the term implies.
Writer's Block? Or Something Else?
The Writer's Block Misdiagnosis
Most people are very aware of the illness that plagues writers from time to time, namely, Writer’s Block. Merriam-Webster’s Medical Dictionary defines it as, “a psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece of writing.” I’d like to offer up an alternate definition.
“A) An expletive, which writers classify as a four-letter-word. B) A malady of the soul which presents as an irritation of the “author bone” – the physiological anomaly exclusive to writers – and which stimulates the use of four-letter-words.”
As prevalent as it is, the diagnosis of Writer’s Block is all-too-often a misdiagnosis of very different problem. PACS.
Passive Aggressive Character Syndrome.
Called "The Semi-Sane Writer", this blog used to have its own home. However, it felt lonely and decided to join the rest of the author's information on this site. The author took pity on the poor, lonely blog and very nicely relocated it.