I sit down to write and watch the blinking cursor. I type a few words, delete, type a few more, and delete again. I’m facing writer’s block even on my blog.
I’m afraid it is my own fault. At my story time event last week (see http://www.betharnstein.com/#!dream-big! for mor information), I asked kids to help me come up with a new story idea using the 5 W’s (who, what, when, where, why). The kids were great. They said the story should be about Mr. Bear, who is small, brown, clean, and wears a red scarf, going to bed in a cave in the mountains while it’s snowing. They recommended that it should be a bedtime story, with Mr. Bear being afraid of the dark. Seems easy right? Not for me.
As it turns out, this is my first attempt at an animal story. And with good reason. The first draft is LONG. I usually write stories under 300 words. I’m also feeling restricted by animal behaviors. They have a food chains, habitats, and lack of thumbs that keep punching potential holes in my story.
Still, I’ve decided to call this writer’s block a dramatic pause. One that I’m determined to work through.
What is the biggest writing challenge you’ve ever faced? How did you work through it?