I had never experienced writer’s block until September 2008 — ever never.  For two months, I stared at the same 15 pages with absolutely no clue how to move forward.  Finally, I got up from my desk one morning and went to the kitchen to make some tea. While I was standing there, I made a big decision.  The 15 pages that I had spent two months writing and then two more months staring at were going in the trash.  Like Jill McCorkle once said, sometimes you have to get off the horse.  You’ve beaten it till it’s dead, and you just have to get off.

So I sat back down at my desk, tea in hand, and for some reason checked Facebook, and there I read a comment by Josephine Humphreys.  I don’t even remember the words now.  They don’t really matter.  But one thought led to another and then to another. And before I knew it, the block had lifted like fog off a mountain.

With that in mind, I want to share with you this beautifully written essay by another Tennessee writer, Susan Cushman.  Susan is an iconographer, artist and writer.  Her words about the spirituality of the creative process really resonate with me.  I don’t know what caused my block to dissipate.  But if the words seem to flow from a greater power then it only would make sense that emotions like anger and hurt and resentment and frustration block a writer’s ability to tap into or connect with that source.  At least for me, this feels true.

Posted January 27, 2010 at 8:45 pm · 5 comments · Leave a Comment


  1. Susan Cushman, January 27th, 2010, 9:20 pm

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Susan. What a joy to have met you yesterday and I look forward to staying in touch.
  2. Leyda Macareno, January 28th, 2010, 7:21 pm

    that was an amazing perspective on defining her creative process and consequently a block, I particularly liked how she describes the block in part as "...yolks, themselves a type of life interrupted." thanks for introducing her to your readers Susan :), she seems amazing.
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