Writer’s Block is a wonderful catch-all excuse for all manner of authorial sin. I often struggle with it when deciding what to write for my column. When writing a piece on current events or politics it needs to be relevant and interesting, not just a column written because I needed something to fill the space that week (a pet peeve of mine when perusing the major news sites).
But with the idea of struggling with writer’s block in mind, I’ve often wondered how the prolific authors feel.
“Terry Pratchett is one of the most popular authors writing today. He lives behind a keyboard in Wiltshire and says he ‘doesn’t want to get a life, because it feels as though he’s trying to live three already’.”
~ excerpt from the bio in Terry Pratchett’s works published by Corgi Books
Terry Pratchett, for example, my favourite current author… Now, I’m sure he gets writer’s block occasionally (I don’t think it’s something that any author can opt-out of), but for how prolific a writer he is it makes me wonder: is being so prolific painful?
I often find myself wishing I had more ideas, but when I think about all those stories being stuck in your head, scrambling to get out all at once, stepping on each other’s toes…it’s kind of mind-boggling. I can honestly say that at times I’ve been frustrated with wanting to say so much, and as a result just not being able to say anything at all.
So for the author – whose livelihood depends on it – is it actually a painful experience to have so many ideas clambering about? Or is it just the price tag for having been gifted with a vast imagination?