Building Blocks

Think of a kid with blocks as a way to overcome writer's block. Maybe you did not write as a child, but you probably played. Maybe you loved to help your mother fold the laundry as much as you liked to jump on the bed. Lisa R. Cohen, on her web site, The Writer's Block: 2002 ( offers three definitions for block: block / bläk / n

1. An obstacle

2. A compact, solid piece of substantial material worked for a specific purpose

3. A child's toy, permitting building activities

Like any other obstacle in life, you can choose to see writer's block as a dead end, or as an opportunity, a building block. Most likely, you have reasons for feeling blocked. I know that my fear (of failure, of success) motivated my block. I projected my fear that my writing would not meet muster into the act itself.

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