Writer’s Block, in GIFs

At first, I was all

Then I had some thoughts, and spent several days writing post after post that vaguely sucked. Every time I tried to fix and finish them, I was like

Yeah. I actually got so bored with my own thoughts that I just gave up and left seven nearly-completed posts on the drafting board. I was feeling all

so I asked the Patheosi how they overcome writer’s block. Sam Rocha advised me to read Paris Review Interviews, because “it will either make things better or make them much, much worse.” I’ve never had writer’s block like this, and the idea that it could get worse was intriguing, so I picked that one.

Since my writing process is exactly like Ann Beattie’s, I decided that the problem wasn’t me, but blogging. So I sat down to write fiction instead, all

but my brain was like

So instead I deconstructed this article from Cracked and became irrationally annoyed at how much they ignored the innate zombie defenses that render their stupid arguments moot, because zombies are totally possible, dammit! Upon realizing that I’m basically a one-woman Team Zombie, I was all

So I decided to write this post instead. And now I’m kind of like

But I have no more thoughts.

If you need me, I’ll just be

  • Betsy

    I love GIFs. You can do no wrong in my book when you use GIFs. Just a friendly public service announcement.

    Good luck with the writer’s block. I don’t know how that feels. And by that I mean, every single word I write is always dug out rather painfully. Nothing ever just flows harmoniously.

  • Josh

    If you choose to take Rocha’s advice, start with this one: http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/1721/the-art-of-poetry-no-70-czeslaw-milosz
    It’s outstanding. He’s just the best. He has a lot to offer all Catholic writers/writers who are Catholic.

  • Jennifer

    Even when you “can’t write,” you’re still one of my favorites!

  • brawkalicious

    Really? I just listen to NPR until my hand-wringing about the culcha needs an outlet somewhere. Or read through these http://www.aldaily.com/ Ice cream sounds smart, too!

  • Aileen Searles

    Why am I just now seeing this post? I wondered where you were. So sorry, Calah. I have no advice as I’m not actually a writer. I’m a reader, though! I’m good at reading. But I don’t think I’d be any help in your department. Oh, and I watch most of those tv show gifs. What does that say about me? Never mind. :)


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