The Socially Acceptable Form of Schizophenia


I am suffering. Have been suffering for five weeks to be exact. It has been five weeks since I published my last blog post and for five weeks I have sat in front of my laptop, staring at a blank screen. I have writer’s block – does that make me a writer now? Whatever the answer – what I definitely was, was too concerned with writing on a specialised topic and forgot what writers were supposed to do: write what they know.

Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.  ~E.L. Doctorow

I’ve really missed writing and although I do not claim to be a  Booker Prize winning author, writing is a form of panacea for me. I am writing (or at least trying) to write a short story and yesterday I wrote two solid paragraphs – not long ones mind, but two paragraphs that I feel give a strong structure to the story. Admittedly, I was inspired by a book I am currently reading, but as soon as I put fingertips to keys, I actually felt  like a writer. I now understand how excited other writers feel as they begin to discover what happens in the story that they themselves are writing.

Even writing those short paragraphs gave me strength to get through the day with a smile and to face the general office warfare head-on. I felt like I had a wonderful secret. I still nurture the hope of seeing my book on the shelves of Foyles or Waterstones but until then I think I will enjoy my secret a little while longer.

And wouldn’t you know, my writer’s block has finally been unblocked!

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Elisa Michelle
    May 29, 2011 @ 23:45:56

    Sometimes the best we can do as writers is read and wait for that inspiration to come back. Other times we can just try to force through it, but yeah, you’re an official “writer”.

    We have cookies. =D

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    • alphabetgames
      May 30, 2011 @ 09:11:53

      It’s reassuring to know I am not the only one and that the best remedy is to do what I love and that is to read! It’s great to be in great company too. 🙂

      Reply

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