Hi there, you are in for a treat!
Years ago, 28 to be exact, I wrote a little ditty for my housing complex’s newsletter. It was, the article not the complex, obtuse, crude, evidently written by a college student, detailing Sisyphean tasks that, to this day, I still struggle with. Will I ever publish my works of fiction?
Here is the article from March 1994…
Howdy! What is this report on? Nothing really. Nothing practical, or useful. Nothing newsworthy. It is a banal and trivial topic. Yet it’s the hardest thing to write about.
Can you guess what it is? I will give you more hints. It can effect (or is that affect?) anyone at anytime and any place. Mostly when you have to write a major report or paper. It can happen to students, secretaries, plumbers (yes, Kids, Mario had this problem!) and Supreme Court Justices.
It has, obviously, claimed many victims, but it will never serve hard time. It would cause you to stare into space, daydreaming. It has also claimed a fair share of celebrities (and still does).
Sting, when he was with The Police, probably wrote about it in (the song) De Do Do…
Don’t think me unkind
Words are so hard to find
They’re only cheques I’ve left unsigned
From the banks of chaos in my mind …
This problem has no medical identification, it isn’t listed in the WHO list of illnesses. Nor can it be found in DSM-III-R (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, third edition, revised). I know! I spent 4 hours looking for it in DSM-III-R! The closest thing I could come up with is Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. But that won’t help much, the symptoms are too different! So because of that, it has no medical remedy, no drugs to take. Possibly the only way to alleviate it is to “change channels” so to speak. Get up, walk around the room, watch the world go around (without you!)
By now you should know what this topic I have brought to your attention is. Nope, it’s not procratination. And nope, it’s not dyslexia, nor it is ergasiophobia. It is Writer’s Block! (I am suffering right now!) What writer’s block is is the mind voluntarily blocking out the enjoyment of writing. It makes you feel like you have no writing abili …
The end… Yes, I actually ended it like that; sorta like nothing to write abo… pretty lame eh?
I probably embellished about spending four hours in the DSM-3-R, I just did a Google search of DSM-5 and Writer’s Block, and popped up a phalanx of articles, books, remedies, listicles. Remember, 1994 there was no Google, no email, no social media… so back then, I probably did look in the DSM-3-r, but didn’t look all that hard.
I’m going to end this blog where it is; tomorrow, I’m going to get some work on that Sisyphean Project, heck, I might even name a character Sissy Pants in honour! Chuckles!
Thank you for your time today!