Writer’s Block: I Don’t Get It.


I’m often asked how I deal with writer’s block. I’ll tell you the truth: I don’t get it. I mean I don’t even get the question, because I don’t get writer’s block.

I have scores of folders in hanging files that contain hundreds of ideas just waiting to be explored. I save emails and web pages in One Note on my laptop and phone, and I’m constantly writing notes to myself on little scraps of paper, a notes widget on my phone, or my iPad. I look out my back sliding door and see a dead tree leaning up against a live tree and immediately have 17 ideas about how that applies to life circumstances. These are all natural writing prompts. They’re all I need. In fact, they’re often too much.

I don’t mean to discourage writers who suffer from writer’s block, but I often deal with an antithetical affliction: writer’s glut. I have a lot of ideas, but not all of them are good or usable. My brain often feels like it’s on overload, and I realize I need to focus. I’m also an idea hoarder. It’s tremendously difficult for me to throw anything away. I might need that idea for a book or blog or article some day. I’m wondering if I’m alone or if other writers have the same struggles.

I’d love to hear from you. Which of these two writer’s plights torment you most? How do you deal with it?

New Children’s Book: Help My Friend Get The Everywhere God into Print!

Everywhere God Book_Cover4A close friend of mine is self-publishing a children’s book based on a poem written by her late father, Bob Nelson. Bob was a pastor with a passion for telling people about God’s undying love for them. In 1994, he wrote a poem, The Everywhere God, for his then four-year-old granddaughter who was going through a difficult time after her parent’s divorce.

Bob wanted to make sure his granddaughter knew that no matter what was going on around her, God was there and she wasn’t alone. After the poem was complete, he realized it was something special and desired for it to be published as a book for children everywhere.

Bob passed away in 2008 and the project was never completed … until now. My friend, Cricket Nelson Hater, never forgot about this special story and is bringing it to life as her father desired.

With the help of local artist, Robin Tillman, the poem has been illustrated in bright and colorful watercolor images depicting the lively ideas in the book.

Over and over again in the book is the message of God’s never-ending love for us. Using fantastical situations, appealing to a child, such as flying “to the moon on a black-eyed raccoon” or living in a “lake with a long purple snake,” the story talks about a God who “never leaves or forsakes us.”

This book will be a real blessing to children of ALL ages and I hope you’ll consider giving the project’s Kickstarter campaign a look. There is just one week left to support the project, which ends October 30, 2014.

Please go to the Kickstarter page HERE to support this cool project for my friend.