I was walking from a restaurant with a friend of mine to my writing group the other night during downtown rush hour traffic. Now this woman is massively ADD and can’t walk and talk at the same time…well…she can but she only does one or the other functionally. We came to the crosswalk and I stopped to wait for the light. Deep in the trenches of her own mind she continued rambling on about our topic of discussion…and kept walking. My thought process went something like this:
She’ll stop…surely she’ll stop…She’s going to keep…OMG SHE’S GOING TO GET CRUSHED BY A TRUCK RIGHT IN FRONT OF ME!
I managed to squeak out, “Amy, you’re going to get hit.” I said it just like that. No screaming, no panic in my voice. I could have very well have been saying, “My that’s a lovely shade of chartreuse you’re wearing.”
Long story short I saved her life. When we walk somewhere now I do the talking, she’s safer that way, we’re all safer that way…and by the way, you ask…what does this have to do with writer’s block? Her brain is a brilliant example of this condition. When you sit in front of your computer with writer’s block your brain is like hers when she tries to multitask- completely empty and catastrophically hazardous. No one wants that.
Let’s hop on over for a spell to Writer’s Digest and find some ways to avoid getting hit by a truck…I MEAN to avoid the pitfalls of writer’s block.