Writer’s Block is a B*tch

If you’re reading this, then Hallelujah! It means I was able to get past my weeklong writer’s block and figure out something worth writing about… I think.

We’ve all been there, whether it’s the college paper due the next day, the proposal you promised your client by the end of the week, or even composing your grocery list as you sit in your car in front of the Harris Teeter. There’s a lot of noise in that brilliant mind of yours. However, there’s an extreme disconnect with your mind and your fingers as you type. In fact, your mind is screaming, “WE CAN DO THIS!” but somehow your hand freezes up and Googles Grumpy Kitty.

You look around, hoping that maybe that picture on the wall or the person walking by the window will send your mind into creativity overload, causing you to finish your entire week’s worth of work in one afternoon. Wouldn’t that be nice? Joke’s on you. 

Fifteen minutes later you decide to take a laundry break and throw a load into the wash. Thirty minutes later you’re still stuck, so you go for a walk convincing yourself that “fresh air” is what your mind needs. After the walk, you sit back down and work on something else. Not whatever has a deadline quickly approaching, of course, but rather the document that is due at the end of the month. This cycle continues on for a couple hours, sometimes days. You start to stress out because you haven’t gotten anything done.

Hold on…yes you have. You’ve done laundry, exercised, and possibly cleared some time toward the end of the month for a beach day. Go you! The high from this realization boosts your mood and before you know it, your writer’s block is gone. You know what else is gone? That deadline you were stressing about. Why? Because you’re awesome and overcame the writer’s block. Maybe, jusssst maybe, writer’s block is a blessing in disguise. 

Most Loved Words

I recently read something and immediately exclaimed, “What! I HATE that word!” Something about it struck me almost angrily. So, I decided to write a blog listing my most loved and hated words. It ended up being too long, so I had to split it up so I didn’t lose your attention. Without further a due, a very abbreviated list of my most loved words: 

Extravaganza-not to be confused with “extravagant,” because extravaganza is just so much better. Say it out loud. Extravagaaaaanza!

Peace- it’s so simple in its one-syllable format; yet, there is such debate about the phrase “world peace.” Let’s just leave it at peace. It almost relaxes me just to read it. Peace. Also, I love its association with hippies and the whole hippie culture.

Robust-I love the way this looks and sounds, and it’s a very powerful adjective.

Brilliant-just a great descriptor and I think it’s association with awesome things and people  (Steve Jobs, for example) help give it meaning.

Raunchy-although this word describes less than desirable things, it’s very raw and effective at doing so.

Paramount- I like this word in copy and writing.

Putrid-ewwwwww. Perfect. Just like raunchy.

Seldom-I feel very smart when I use this word, I think because my grandpa used it a lot and I feel very old-fashioned and cultured when I use it. Not to mention, it’s pretty easy to work into a sentence and not make it sound like you’re trying too hard.

Hippopotamus-visually, this word is just awesome. So are hippos.

Charlatan-I learned this word in freshman English. Its kind of flashy in terms of day-to-day use, but for some reason I never forgot it or it’s meaning. It’s fun to say out loud, but the number of syllables makes it generally unrealistic to use commonly.

Dabble- visually fun and is so flexible in it’s use.

Filthy-I use this word a lot, and after seeing it written, I don’t like the way it looks. But when I told a friend I was writing a blog on most loved and hated words, she immediately reminded me I loved this word. And I do. But I don’t think I’ll ever use it in writing.

Bat-shit crazy-this is for Ronii. She likes this term and I have to say it rolls really well off the tongue. Plus, I like using swear words in writing because it kind of startles the reader (and hopefully doesn’t insult them. Because let’s face it. Swear words are swear words and we’ve all said them, heard them, or seen them. Unfortunately they are a part of our culture and they really are the perfect word to express your situation sometimes). I don’t recommend the use of this phrase in professional writing (that’s my being diplomatic to appease both of my bosses).

Diplomatic-I very much am diplomatic and it’s a very sophisticated and stout word. It’s sound and look are so much more powerful than it’s meaning, I feel. I also think it’s a good trait to have.

Capture-I feel like this word is seldom used (see what I did there?) and frequently replaced with words like “caught” or associated with bad things like being arrested or kidnapped or seized. I like it for describing things like photography, or used in terms of being bewitched or enchanted. (both also great words)

Lastly,I love every word and everything about the following excerpt from my favorite book, A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess, where captured (did it again!) my soul in describing music:

 “The trombones crunched redgold under my bed, and behind my gulliver the trumpets three-wise silverflamed, and there by the door the timps rolling through my guts and out again crunched like candy thunder. Oh, it was wonder of wonders. And then, a bird of like rarest spun heavenmetal, or like silvery wine flowing in a spaceship, gravity all nonsense now, came the violin solo above all the other strings, and those strings were like a cage of silk around my bed. Then flute and oboe bored, like worms of like platinum, into the thick thick toffee gold and silver. I was in such bliss, my brothers.”