I was on the Writer’s Digest website the other day and just reading through the large number of writing prompts that they have there when I stumbled across this one. This writing prompt is essentially writing a breakup letter with writer’s block. I thought the idea might be a little cheesy at first and was a little hesitant to start it.
Then I started to think about the idea and thought that it might be a great way to break the ice once again. When I started writing the breakup letter with writer’s block, I felt empowered. It made me feel creative and strong.
Want to try the prompt for yourself? Take a look at it here.
I think that I might try to do one of these letters one a year or every so many months. The amount of writing freedom I felt afterward was empowering.
Dear Writer’s Block,
It’s not you, it’s me. I have been suffering from our relationship for months, and before that on and off for more months. The amount of time that we have been having this love/hate (mostly hate) relationship, has been detrimental to my fiction writing career. I have been writing only my paid writing and have been ignoring most of my fun writing.
With a relationship as long as ours has been, it is hard to break this off. But it is time this stops.
I mean to use prompts to make a difference in breaking our relationship but more importantly, I plan to use my joy of writing to terminate this relationship.
I know you will try to follow me in the writing world. It is the poison of the creative to be followed by writer’s block. You will not follow me. This is my notice to you that it is time to stop. If you do not stop, all that will happen is that you will be pushed back time and time again. No matter how many times you have appeared in the past, you have always been burnt. Remember these times, remember this letter, next time you choose to try and make an appearance.
Creativity cannot be beaten, it cannot be kept down. Especially by something as pesky as a blockage of the mind.
Now it is time that this letter comes to an end. I am sorry that I am not sorry we are terminating this long-term relationship. All the best to you, somewhere other than my mind. Preferably in some eternal nether where you will never attack another writer’s mind.
Ian, Chief of My Own Creativity