AM I ARGUING SEMANTICS HERE?
WRITERS BLOCK – As I understand the term, defines a desire to write but the words won’t materialize.
MENTAL BLOCK – My definition: When I know I should be writing and the words are there in my brain, but I just don’t want to do it. I suppose this may be caused by family stresses, financial problems, obstinacy or procrastination.
In the past family stresses have pushed me to write so I could forget about what was going on. Same for financial problems. Obstinacy is my reaction to someone telling me what I should be doing and I am just going to show that person I don’t have to. And then we come to the big, bad procrastination.
Now I can tell you that I am under continuing stress, there’s not enough month left over at the end of the money or no one is going to dictate to me when I should or should not write. But in truth my problem is “procrastination.” If I put it off a little longer, I say to myself, I’ll write it bettr than if I do it now. Or nobody really cares whether I write that right now or not. Ever felt this way?
So am I arguing semantics and calling “writer’s block” by another name in order not to be like everyone else–those poor writers who keep complaining about writer’s block?
Probably! What do you think?