Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Writer's Block -- with Knitting!

Yes, it's been a while since I last posted -- because I've had a whompingly serious case of writer's block lately.

Knitting is to blame.

I've long been a knitter, but not an obsessive one -- until a couple of weeks ago, when I decided to try lace knitting. It's a craft that uses stitch charts to create designs in the fabric (yes, knitters, I know this is a clunky explanation, but it's the best I can do in my lace-induced haze), and the charts have put me in a left-brain-dominant state.

And while left brains are the masters of editing, they need to stifled if you want to get any new writing on the page.

But does this mean I'm going to lock my left brain in a closet? Nope. Instead, I'm going to let it run amok until it wears itself out -- whereupon my right brain will take charge with a flurry of renewed creativity.

I've learned from hard experience that this is the best way to deal with writers' block. Fight it and you prolong it. Let it run its course -- give yourself permission to do anything but write -- and it will not only end relatively quickly but leave you with a new passion for your writing.

(You'll also end up with a really beautiful lace shawl.)