On Writer’s Block jumped into my box at the Friends of the Library Book Sale.
I was wary– I’ve done The Artist’s Way, this could be old territory.
But Victoria Nelson had me Aha-ing with every chapter.
Primarily, she says that a block can be the sign of creative integrity.
It shows up and halts all activity when the Ego is trying to muscle the Soul/Unconscious into something that isn’t quite right.
We should use blocks as guideposts.
Stop and uncover what is at the cause of it.
What is the resistance?
I know this, but it was powerful and helpful to see it all written out so matter-of-factly.
A block safeguards the work until Ego can handle it.
A block stops you from digging around to see if the seeds are actually growing (an act that would kill the garden).
A block is a sign of creative health, not ever of failure.