I think I have writer’s block today….Wikipedia defines it as “a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession” (hmmmm…questionable though because this really isn’t my profession), “in which an author loses the ability to produce new work”. It goes on to indicate “the degree this “disease” can escalate to “some ‘blocked’ writers have been unable to work for years and some have even abandoned their careers.” Can you imagine just not been able to write anything that made half-way sense for YEARS??
It seems I’m in good company though….F. Scott Fitzgerald struggled with the affliction as did the amazing Charles M. Schulz. Maybe I should just ‘go with this’ and just consider myself among the famous writers. You know…kind of like a prestigious club member.
The scientific theory is that “under stress, a human brain will shift control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system. The limbic system is associated with the instinctual processes, such as fight or flight response. Because the person is primarily thinking in instinctual (learned) behaviors, creative processes are hindered.” Guess that makes sense. Guess scientists don’t consider that a person is really tired….or maybe just lazy sometimes.
I think it’s funny how we have all the perfect words put together to say sometimes. We rehearse them over and over before we’re ready to present them on our “chosen life stage”…..and then when the moment arrives….all those perfectly rehearsed words are just lost in space somewhere. We all have this super brain that is capable to doing so much more than what we use it for in our daily lives….but most really don’t. In fact, some people seem like they leave theirs at home sometimes. My Dad use to say that some people just use that container where the brain is for a place to hang their hat! I’m sure you’ve met a few people like that, huh?
Did you know that the statement we only use 10% of our brain is a myth? If it were true, then surgeons could remove more than half our brain and nothing would be affected….not the case….something is ALWAYS affected…speech, walking, talking. What is true, however, is that most of us only reach the potential of 10% of our brain capacity. That’s right….we all have the potential of becoming great inventors or scientist or even great writers or whatever we might want to pursue. If we want to do that….we have to push ourselves…and our brain to work harder, longer, with more accuracy every single day. I always bought into the myth of 10% brainpower, but now I’m thinking that I’ve just been wasting time. Like now….in the same time that I’m “declaring” that I have writer’s block, I could have written the first few pages of a best-selling novel. Right?!!
What masterpiece will you create today by using ALL YOUR brain?!!
You could be a famous painter or maybe you could discover a cure for some of the horrible diseases that one of your friends or family are suffering with right now.
A brand new symphony would be nice. Or maybe a new Broadway play.
Whatever “masterpiece” you have in mind, don’t be afraid to, at least, TRY to start to create it. Everyone has SOMETHING that they have said at some point that they “wish” they could do.
How will you ever know if you can do something, if you don’t at least try to do it?!!
Start now….start today. It’s Monday….a good day to begin.
Well, guess I better get busy. I’ve got a masterpiece to produce.