Saturday, May 17, 2008

Writer's Stasis?

I don't believe in writer's block [not unless the writer is ill or suffering from depression that is]. However, I do believe in Writer's Stasis? What is this strange condition you might well ask.

It's when the writer [you or me] comes to a standstill. Not that they can't write but they won't write. This happens to me at least once or twice a year.

It's happening to me at the moment. I know I will write again but I have to recharge my batteries. My system is overloaded with words and unfinished manuscripts. How I wish I was the type of person who could start a task and finish it without going off at a tangent and starting yet another. If only it were so. Instead, I might start off very well writing three chapters of a novel and then go and start another! Yet, this process seems to work for me. All the manuscripts will get finished in time.

This is the best dictionary definition I can find to explain what I mean by the term 'Stasis':
Main Entry:
\ˈstā-səs, ˈsta-\
Inflected Form(s):
plural sta·ses \ˈstā-ˌsēz, ˈsta-\
New Latin, from Greek, act or condition of standing, stopping, from histasthai to stand — more at stand
2 a: a state of static balance or equilibrium : stagnation b: a state or period of stability during which little or no evolutionary change in a lineage occurs

So, in effect I am a stagnating writer, but I comfort myself with the thought that even people who stand still for a long time eventually have to move again, and perhaps I am doing that today by writing this post!

American Heritage Dictionary stag·nant
  1. Not moving or flowing; motionless.
  2. Foul or stale from standing: stagnant ponds.
    1. Showing little or no sign of activity or advancement; not developing or progressing; inactive: a stagnant economy.
    2. Lacking vitality or briskness; sluggish or dull: a stagnant mind.


Jim said...

The quiet periods, I prefer to think of it as the simmering of soup on a stove - nothing much appears to be happening but the soup is getting richer.

Lynette said...

Nice way of putting it, Jim! You're allowing your ideas to stew. :)


Edward Yates said...

I think you are just regaining equilibrium Lynette. Rather than "stagnant" which conjures up images of unmoving water in swamps...

Hope you are feeling more energetic the time you are reading this.


Lynette said...

Yes. The picture of steeping in Jim's soup is far more pleasant than swamp water!

Hope you are well, Ed.