There is nothing more stressful to see the words in your head and can’t get them to your hands. Don’t confuse this with writer’s block. This is what I call The Hitch.
The Hitch differs from Writer’s Block in one way: accessibility.
Writer’s Block is the drought; there is a drought. There are no words.
The Hitch is when there are words, and somehow, someway, there are none.
Think of it in the case or form of the above image. The water is representative of the writing talent, the mastery of words as it were. Sometimes in all our rush to create, we don’t take time to listen to what the waters of talent are saying. We don’t pay attention to whether this is a drought or a hitch.
The Hitches I fear more than Writer’s Block. Why? You can almost explain it or explain it away if necessary. The Hitches are assassins. They rob you of cohesion to thought, creative insight and mock you when you try push through.
The Hitches are imps of the creative process.
In including this quote from Stephen King, it is your inoculation against The Hitch. It acknowledges, and identifies yourself as you are: a writer. A slayer of words and pages. You have worlds to create and people to direct! You must break the dam!
This is done by confronting whatever it may be that has stopped you from going forward. This can be defined by three topics:
Fear. Margaret Atwood says fear comes to writers because we indeed are afraid of something. What are you scared of? The worst thing that could happen is either people not read what you wrote, or they read everything you wrote.
Doubt. This rears its ugly head when you think what you are creating isn’t good enough, or not worth your time because ‘someone else wrote it.’ This may be true, but you haven’t done it! You haven’t created it. The people in your head haven’t lived it! Let the people in your head out!
Exposure. There are things, stories, appetites that writers roll around which may be alien to what you may be used to writing. That linguistic trepidation is normal. The choice then becomes–will you chase after the thoughts? Will you indulge the strength of your imagination? I’ll give you a hint: YES. This is the beauty of a free write and other writing tools in your tool kit. You can write down what is in your head–and never show it to another living person. Then, when you are ready, you can take that file or those pages and make an entire world. Which people will read.
Your blank pages are waiting on you. Don’t keep them waiting long.
[images from Google; screenshot from YouTube Channel, BioGraphics]