I think I’ve suffered from writer’s block once in my life. I was working on my first book and got to a stage where, it seemed, the creative river got blocked and essentially, refused to unblock itself.
I spun so many wheels I made myself dizzy. I worked long, interminable hours, seven days a week and rushed from one deadline to the next with nary a breath in between. I knew that one day it would all come crashing down, but I just didn’t know what to do. Then, things started getting messy. Seriously messy.
Write to entertain, and if what you’re writing happens to take you down the literary path, then, so be it. If it takes you down the commercial route, then so be it, too. Just don’t look down on other forms or genres of writing. 50 Shades might be rubbish, but at least it got some people reading. O-kay?
If you’ve always wanted to write and were too afraid to try, because you think your ideas are not good enough for a book, my response is this: you will never know if you don’t try, will you? Plus, some authors share the inspiration behind their books.
The truth about writing a book is that it is midway between the mythical version (the ones we’re sold in movies and books, and in the public’s imagination), and the deranged reality.