Why Writing Around the Block?
Chicago is a city designed on a grid with each mile consisting of eight city blocks. You can’t easily get lost in Chicago. With a starting point of zero at the intersection of State and Madison in the Loop, you simply watch the building numbers. Each block from the starting point goes up 100 in numbers, whether you are going north, south, east or west. So, an address of 800 N. State Street means you are eight blocks north of State and Madison, on State Street. It’s just a matter of watching those numbers.
As a child, if my Mom asked where I was going, my usual reply was “I’m going to take a walk around the block with Ginny.” Or, “I’m going down the block and see Nona.” Blocks were our units of measure. We didn’t get lost and our parents (and all of our neighbors) knew where we were.
See that photo up above? That house in the middle of that block is where I spent most of my childhood.
So “blocks” are important to me whether I’m walking down or around a block, or am trying to convince a writer that there is no such thing as “writer’s block.”
For as long as I can remember, I’ve read in magazines and books about dreaded “writer’s block:”
Urban Dictionary: “A usually temporary psychological inability to begin or continue work on a piece of writing.”
Cambridge English Dictionary: “The condition of being unable to create a piece of written work because something in your mind prevents you from doing it.”
Merriam-Webster Dictionary: “A psychological inhibition preventing a writer from proceeding with a piece.”
Wikipedia: “. . . a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.”
I don’t believe in “writer’s block.” I’ll repeat that. I DON’T believe in writer’s block. It’s a term used to scare the hell out of writers; BUT if you believe it exists I’m here to help you walk around that “block” and allow yourself to indulge in the joy of a glaring monitor or a plain white sheet of paper.
Writing Around the Block will serve as your personal collaborator for those times when you just need help searching for the right words. Whether it’s your first novel, a memoir, self-help book, family history, journaling or a simple essay on life, creating the final product can be daunting. Come and connect with a gentle reader who will encourage the positives and provide an extra set of eyes to objectively identify what should be reconsidered.
Writing Around the Block invites you to welcome the Magic that’s hidden on a blank page.