What Writer's Block?

I...don't get writer's block. Or at least, not to my knowledge.

I guess it almost makes me feel alienated, that maybe I'm not a true writer if I don't get stuck every now and again. I barely wrote any of The Journey to Adynatos over the summer, but it was more of an issue of time than it was being unable to figure out what to do next. I know it can't be block because I've worked out the basics of the final ninth book, and all the others are in better detail, it means that I feel much more motivated, but at the same time I have conflicting timelines in my head, in one Willow is thirteen, in another twenty and I'm always afraid the two will end up bickering with each other until 2am before hugging it out over Fizzbib and lemon slices.

In creative writing club, I've been asked by students how to overcome writer's block, but the term is rather alien to me, because if I've ever suffered with it, it could only have lasted for a minute or two, not a week like some profess. Every route that I take through my stories seems laid out in my head, all my methods seem to be are either going the straight and narrow, or if that fails, take the wiggly-wobbly path through the valley over the river, if you pass the dragon's lair you've gone to far, to get to the end result. Of course, that's not very helpful to twelve-year olds who need immediate help. 

I said to them once that I didn't like the term "writer's block" in itself. To me, the language suggests that the writer is flawed, that they're at fault just because they can't work something out. Then you have this concrete block as tall as a house that your little finger gets caught under. I imagined that admitting to writer's block makes you feel like less of a writer, because if you're so good at what you do, or if like me, that's all you seem to be good at, then it's not a great place to be in.

In the end, I couldn't say much to the class except the truth, and they weren't that thrilled with the answer, and neither was I, what kind of mentor was I? But I was honest, and in the end all I could do was ask what the problem was and draw diagrams to try and help out that way. As for Journey to Adynatos, I'm 187 pages in, with about 50 to go, so I still have my work cut out, but the good thing is that I know where I'm going, I just need to figure out when I want to get there.

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