Sarah Moon and the Writer’s Block Redemption

Trapped by writer's block! AHH!

I wish they made ex-lax for your brain because I have writer’s block.

Yup. I’ve been trying to write something for days and…nothing. I’ve got nothing.

So, I’m going to write about my failure to write, and what I’m doing about it. We’ll see within the next few days whether or not my efforts pay off. If you see another blog post by me, that means they’ve worked and maybe they’ll work for you too!

I’m reading Rob Bell: Say what you want about Rob Bell, but the man is good at making you think. He’s vague and says things that are a little “out there” sometimes. And he leaves lots of blank space. And I don’t mean






I mean, he asks questions and leaves you to ponder them. So I’m reading his writing and hoping I’ll be inspired to fill in some of the blanks.


I’m having adventures!: I have this bad habit – I like to live like a hermit. I like to lock myself in my room with my books and my internet. It’s peaceful and relaxing, and because I’m an extreme introvert, it’s where I feel most comfortable.

But it’s good to get out of my hobbit hole now and then. It’s good to have fun and go out and explore the world…or, explore small town Ohio at least!

I guarantee this game will be the subject of a blog post someday.

So, today, I went on a tour of an old prison (the one they filmed “The Shawshank Redemption” in). I went thrift store shopping, bought a random old board game (“The Game of Happiness”- you have to collect the keys to happiness -love, money, friendship, faith, knowledge, and health-, and use them to build a ladder to the rainbow of happiness. I couldn’t make this up, people). I went to a drive-in movie for the first time.

I didn’t have to travel to Mirkwood and slay goblins or anything. I just had to leave my house and try some new things. ‘Cause how can I expect to write about life if I’m not out there living it?


I’m writing anyway…damn it!: Over the past few days, I’ve started about 20 drafts. Some of them had titles but no body. Others had about two words. Some looked a bit like this:

“GAH! MUST…write things!!! Jaklsdfjaowie!”

But I wrote! I did it. And I’m going to keep writing if it kills me. Eventually something coherent is going to come out, right?

Oh, hey, look at that!

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  • I saw that prison last year. Very cool. Mansfield is quite an expedition from Bowling Green though, isn’t it?

    • It’s a bit of a ways- about an hour and a half, but my boyfriend lives there so make the trek frequently.

  • I love your blog so much!!! Probably my favorite right now 🙂
    And yeah also an introvert with writer’s block! You look so joyful and free in all your pictures – yay!

    • Well, thanks! Glad you like it!

      Hope you can be free from your writer’s block as well!

  • Jessica

    I haven’t read Rob Bell in a while, but he is one of those authors that makes me want to write. I had so much to think about and process, but it was like his writing (and speaking) style crept into my thoughts and made me want to write similarly but with my own words and way, but with his seeming ease, I guess. I don’t know how to explain it other than I felt like it was contagious in a good way. Same thing with Donald Miller.

    Also, I’m very curious about this crazy game, so maybe you could blog about your experience playing that and achieving rainbow happiness? 🙂 Hope your writer’s block clears up soon!

    • I’ve actually been planning a way to fit that game into a blog post! It’s so crazy. 😛

  • I kinda thought that was a prison. The building looks like some old time, ornate mansion. However, those are real bars and door from a real cell–I’ve seen enough of ’em (from the wrong side) to recognize the real from the fake, prop kind.

    • yeah, it was a prison for years before they shot the movie in it! it was pretty old

  • The Game of Happiness… judging by the photo, it’s a success. You two look so happy!