FROM WRITER’S BLOCK TO OVER A HALF MILLION WORDS IN A YEAR
by S. S. Bazinet
An extraordinary thing happened to me in 2008! After almost twenty years of writer’s block, I couldn’t write fast enough. I barely slept, yet I was filled with a boundless energy. I went from being rather sedentary to walking three miles a day. And to my great surprise, I felt inspired to write a series of books. By the end of that first year, my word count reached 570,876 words. When I look back on what transpired, I’m still amazed.
Ever since I was a child, I wanted to find answers to life’s questions about why we’re here and how we can improve mankind’s plight. I scoured the library for books that might have answers. After many years of questing for knowledge, I tried to put my ideas and the things I’d learned on paper. It became a very frustrating venture. I could never get very far. I’d write a few pages, and then I’d reach a roadblock that felt impossible to breach.
Finally, in 2008, I’d had it. I gave up! Some part of me kept saying that I needed to write something meaningful, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn’t do it. So I made a declaration to myself and to the “Universe.” I would write, but I would give myself a total break and just have fun with writing. A few minutes after that, I went out into my back yard and sat down. I put pen to paper. I hadn’t thought about what to write. I didn’t have to. A story simply flowed out on its own, a story about a vampire who wanted redemption and an angel who wanted to help him.
The strange thing is that I never thought about writing that kind of story. Why would I want to write about a vampire? A short time later, when I went to a local writer’s club meeting, the speaker was very adamant about the subject. He admonished all of us in a stern voice. “Please, don’t write about vampires! They are old news.” I tried not to be discouraged. I had to believe in the story that came to me. I knew was a gift.
I guess you would say that inspiration had taken hold of my writing process. By not having an agenda, I believe I allowed my spirit to come forth. By the end of one year, I had completed the first drafts of six books. It was a wonderful accomplishment, but so much more came out of the experience. The stories I wrote helped me to connect to emotions I didn’t realize I was harboring. By relating to the plight of my characters, I began to purge many of my fears and doubts. Later I learned that science had discovered that writing can help ease stress and trauma. Music also helped. I felt inspired to listen to music as I wrote. The music and writing combined to help me clear my negative emotions in a way I’d never imagined.
It wasn’t always an easy process. Many emotions surfaced, including hopelessness, but I hung in there. With a steadfast attitude, trust in my spirit and lots of prayers, everything slowly came into balance. Now, years later, I feel blessed and happy. I’m very grateful that I gave up my need to “push the river” when it came to writing. I’m grateful that I decided to have fun and open the doors to that light, bright spirit that resides in all of us. And guess what! It cured my writer’s block!
More about S. S. Bazinet:
Writing and my stories have been a wonderful, transformative process for both my characters and for me. My fondest wish is that they entertain my readers and also provide them with moments of clarity and a deeper connection to themselves. My books include The Vampire Reclamation Project series, the Sentenced to Heavenseries, as well as the YA thriller, My Brother’s Keeper, and a dystopian novel, Dying Takes It Out of You.
Author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/S.-S.-Bazinet/e/B0078KS7BO/
Below are some helpful articles on the benefits of writing and music:
Informative articles on writing and music:
“Writing To Heal” http://www.apa.org/monitor/jun02/writing.aspx
“Writing About Emotions May Ease Stress And Trauma”
“Scientists Find 15 Amazing Benefits Of Listening To Music”
“20 Surprising, Science-Backed Health Benefits Of Music”