I’ve had writer’s block before but never this bad. It’s like my curiosity got up and left for a winter vacation. I thought about rewriting the U.S. Constitution since so many people in Washington are having so much trouble understanding it. Then I thought it was stupid of me to think I could do a better job than the Founding Fathers. True, I am a father, but I have absolutely zero experience in founding.
Next, I thought about some of the DIY projects I have stacking up around the house. I was thinking maybe I could record myself doing them and start up a help channel on YouTube for others who are facing the same kinds of tasks and could use some expert advice. That wouldn’t work too well either since I’m no expert in any of the manly skillsets like hammering, sawing and grunting, although I have been known to rip off a pretty good belch (hah, you thought I was going to say fart!)
I’ve written eleven books (the term used loosely) since I retired a few years back. I never contemplated being the next Stephen King, but I did enjoy working on most of the books. Writing, like jogging, is a lonely sport. There is no team unless you are trapped in a cubicle at a marketing or advertising agency. What I liked most about my writing was that I rarely knew where I was headed. I am a bit of a rogue scribe. I don’t outline or think chapters ahead when I write. Much of the time what is happening to my characters is as much a surprise to me as it is to my readers.
So here I sit with the ultimate writer’s block. I can’t come up with a substantive blog posting and I not only don’t know how my next story ends, I haven’t the slightest idea how it begins. Here, help yourself:
Once upon a time…
Blog Note: The two video trailers for ANCHOR and DEAD LETTER that appear to the right are working again! I apologize it took so long to repair them given that at least 30 million of my followers have been patiently waiting to view them.