Monday, April 08, 2013

This Rockwell painting says it all …



Artist’s block … writer’s block … they’re one and the same and this self-portrait by Norman Rockwell shows that even the most prolific of artists will hit a stone wall once in a while. It depicts him approaching a deadline with no idea in mind … so he used that as his theme and it became the Oct., 1938 cover of The Saturday Evening Post !

I’m taking my cue from Mr. Rockwell and using the “writer’s block” that is plaguing me lately as my topic for this post. As most of you know my blog is actually made up of little vignettes of a lifetime of memories and of current things that I want to share with you. That’s my format and it’s worked well except for times like this when my mind goes blank !


I’m pretty sure that some of you have experienced the same thing and wonder how you’ve handled it. I want to keep my blog going and I like the format so I guess I’ll just give it a few days and see what happens. At the very least it’s a great mental exercise and I can certainly use that !


13 Comments:

Blogger ellen said...

The Dreaded Block? Oh, yes. Been suffering from that.
Take care, Ginnie, and take your time. Time out is good sometimes.
Best to you, Ellen.

3:40 PM  
Blogger Anvilcloud said...

I don't have a block; I have the equivalent of the Great Wall.

5:42 PM  
Blogger kenju said...

After blogging for 7-8 years, I have often exhausted my store of life vignettes and things to talk about. When that happens, I stop for a week or until something comes to mind. I also blog about current life events, such as my latest wreck. I certainly hope this is the last one I will ever have to write about!

8:24 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

We all have times when either nothing comes to mind or we just can't concentrate. Don't let it bother you. Jump back in, like with this post, when you're ready.

The artist-writer of a children's book (that my cat and I reviewed) used this Norman Rockwell painting as inspiration. I included his version in my review:

http://bonniesbooks.blogspot.com/2011/04/kiki-read-about-silliest-cat.html

Click (two times) to enlarge the second photo down, and it's on the left-hand page.

11:40 PM  
Blogger izzy said...

Oh I can identify! and sometimes I have to rove around looking for an artist to study or a topic to borrow!
I run an art program weekly and try to partake of 2 blog challenges!
- colors, photo's places- yup I know just what you mean!

5:48 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Blogging should be fun and not a chore. When it becomes a task for me, I take a blogging break. Otherwise I might drift into a political rant.

6:44 AM  
Blogger possum said...

I used to try to post every day - but LIFE has a habit of getting in t he way TOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO BUSY!
I know folks who have taken old posts and reposted them and that has been fun to reread - or read for the first time for those of us who were not around when it was posted 4 years ago.
Hang in there. What ever you post, I am happy!

8:39 AM  
Blogger Chris Hyde said...

Ginny-
I think writing a blog entry about the difficulty of writing a blog entry is as good a way to confront writers block as is possible. It may just be enough to grab the attention of your Muse again.

If you are still feeling stuck - the thing that has worked for me in the past is to put down the pen (or brush) and walk away for a while. Maybe you could write a post about taking a week off? Could be a good way to turn your writers block on it's head.

Whatever you figure out remember your Muse never goes away. It just likes to hide occasionally.

Chris

1:02 PM  
Blogger Syd said...

Ginnie, I write when I have something to say. I used to write every day but realized that after several years, I ran out of energy on that. I like blogging about what I am doing in my life. It may not interest others but it at least let's me sort things out on paper.

5:27 AM  
OpenID Big John said...

Don't feel pressured to post Ginnie. I only post about once a week now and only if I feel the urge, once some daft idea has popped into my old brain.

6:23 AM  
OpenID schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Everyone probably has this issue sooner or later. I try to not think about it too much. I also read a lot and have all kinds of ideas based on my reading.

Can't write about all of them, however. I eschew getting into arguments over politics and religion...if I can. It's hard to be a fiscal conservative in the blogosphere. Dianne

8:37 AM  
Blogger Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Some days there is nothing that comes to mind for a post, Ginnie, while other times we both find something to post depending on what we're doing and time allowances. Amazingly not everyone shares our same interests, so a detailed post might take awhile with comments while a quick one with no more than a few sentences and a photo receives double the comments. We don't aim to please all, just write about what's happening in our small part of the universe.

6:51 PM  
Blogger Bonnie Jacobs said...

Another word or two about Kiki (see my remarks above). You commented on my post today: "I'm sure you miss Kiki very much. It's not everyday that you find such a talented kitty."

Oh, yeah, Ginnie! Kiki did, of course, sometimes need a little help from me to "finger" the keyboard. I'm glad you appreciate her talents. LOL

1:37 PM  

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