Writer’s Block

I think I may have found a new cause for my writer’s block/tendency to toss out projects that once looked promising – What’s the point?

My characters tend to have horrific things happen to them when I start writing. The character in question might be horrid (example: Luci), or they might be idealized (Lasairian). In either case, rotten things happen to them. Why write like this?

I’ve watched The Avengers. Seeing Iron Man, Captain America, even Thor zipping around on the screen is very cool, and it’s hard to not cheer for them. But then when the movie’s over, the suspension of disbelief snaps back, and I remember they aren’t real. There doesn’t seem to be anyone like them around, either, except in fiction.

Fiction is escapism. Some is healthy, to be fair. But what does it help? Escaping does not equal solving the problems that are being escaped. Thus I wonder about the point of writing at all, especially fiction. What good does it do? I’m not sure it does any, really.

In Luci’s case, while she isn’t evil, she’s very unpleasant company. Lasairian, my favorite RPG character, is decidedly unreal. His idealism and dedication to his cause is up there alongside that of his fictional ‘father’ Samurai Jack. In Luci’s case, I don’t see why anyone would want to spend time with her. With Lasairian, he’s good to be around, but I don’t see how people could even temporarily believe he could exist. I like to write him, and be in his world, but I know I’m pretending, that I’m not doing anything. I know that when I leave, I’ll be back in this world, with the war in Ukraine, troubles around the world, homelessness right here in Lawrence, and feeling helpless against the onslaught of bad/evil in the world.

So what’s the point? Help me out here.

3 thoughts on “Writer’s Block

  1. No, No, No dear…

    I feel that if people are reading/watching stuff as escapism then the thoughts that the store sparks in them is partly why write it. We write to get thoughts out of our head, express our ideas, concerns, emotions, or even just to stretch our boundaries. We cannot control how what we write is interpreted by the viewer/reader, but those sparks happen. Some of my most profound ‘Ah ha!’ moments in life have come from watching Fantasy (SIFI specifically).

    Specifically to Luci… You think that she is unpleasant company, but to someone that feels that they can relate to and aspect of what she is going though, then for them she is a comfort. Someone that they can point to in their head and say, ‘Hey, my life isn’t THAT bad. I can do THIS.’

    I don’t know if this helps but there is my thoughts. 🙂

    Love you dear!
    AFL

    Chris R. Wolf

  2. Some people will say “If you need to have an end goal beyond writing to write, then you should do something else.” I think those people are wrong, but I see where they’re coming from.

    If your brain lizards are telling you that your writing is pointless because it’s not improving the lives of war refugees in Ukraine, this is what you respond:

    “By writing, I am crafting a magic item that temporarily _controls the thoughts_ of anyone who reads it. Writing is difficult, and it is an awesome responsibility, but it is _not_ pointless. Writing has the potential to get my beliefs and values out into the world more subtly and powerfully than anything else I’m likely to do outside of parenting.”

    That Margaret Mead quote about the only thing that has ever changed the world* specifically cites “thoughtful” as an attribute of world-changers. Thoughts are powerful things, even (maybe _especially_) if they come wrapped in something that seems like purely fun escapism.

    Even if you burned every piece after writing it, _you’d_ still be affected by it. And so, then, in a million subtle ways, would the rest of the world.

    You don’t have to write if you don’t want to. But if you stop, don’t let it be because your brain lizards told you a lie.

    *: http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Margaret_Mead

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