Alisa Hamilton

Alisa loves marketing research, her family, good wine, and puppies
(not necessarily in that order).

When My Writers Strike

I know many people (my husband included) don't have the passion or patience for writing, but I've always been the exception. I blame my father who spent 30+ years as a high school English teacher. I'm sure he's pleased that his years of correcting my split infinitives and hanging participles left me with a comfort in putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). Of course, I'm still breaking my "double-space-after-a-period" disorder, but that's a little different. I'm generally the type of person who writes in my head from the moment my eyes open in the morning until the moment they close at night. The time that I actually spend at the computer is the culmination of hours of mental work. My typing is a process of transcription, not writing. To sit down cold without the words prepared is actually a much scarier prospect.

And yet, that's where I am today - writing this cold and in the moment. I hate it, but I can't pretend that my office doesn't exist any longer. I have to just bite the bullet and deal with my mental writers' strike head on.

So, there's not much point to this post other than to say that this is truly how you get through writers' block. You just write. You say to hell with perfection, with preparation, with fear, and you just start typing away.

Well, now that I've gotten that out, I'm sure that you are extremely excited to hire me for some freelance writing...ha! Actually, I think not having much work lately is part of the problem. I have no reason to sit down at the computer other than to write for myself, and you know I'm my own worst critic.  It's much easier to write for others, but I guess I'll have to put up with this horrible client in my head for just a little longer.

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