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19 Jul, 2008

Why I don’t suffer from writer’s block anymore

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Misc. life

jus' snailing along

I can’t remember where I read it (although I think it might have been Anne Lamott’s Bird by Bird, which was recommended to me by one of my favourite people) but in it, writer’s block was explained not as a block, which implies a long road featuring a monolithic and impassable obstacle, but as an empty vessel that just needs filling. This image always stuck with me. Mentally, the vessel is so much easier to deal with than THE BLOCK, isn’t it? What’s more, it’s true. Everyone has a vessel that needs filling, though few may realize it, or know how to go about it.

What’s the state of your vessel right now? And what fills it?

I am happiest when my vessel is brimming. If something I post here fills you up too, well, that’s just a bonus.

All that being said, there’ll be reruns posted here at the Fishbowl, a few things I’ve selected here and there for a second airing. (I dare not call it a “best of,” because it’s not, it’s just a random thing.) I just feel like snailing along for awhile. :)

Let’s start with this one, it still makes me giggle.

Enjoy, and go fill yourself up, ok?

1 Response to "Why I don’t suffer from writer’s block anymore"

1 | a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Found Day - a peek inside the fishbowl

February 15th, 2017 at 7:34 pm


[…] Every second Tuesday is my day. My. Day. The newspaper is finalized and sent to the printer’s every second Monday, so the day after is my opportunity to decompress. As you can imagine, this is easier said than done. Sometimes my Tuesday is the only available day for a meeting or I get caught up in errands, but I do try my darndest to keep it clear. You see, I’ve decided that every second Tuesday is the day I devote to filling up my vessel. (This is something I wrote about awhile back in regards to writer’s block. You can read that right here.) […]

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