A very good friend of mine--a very talented writer trying to juggle a full time job and a burgeoning writing career--posted an eloquent and inspiring quote from Ralph Waldo Emerson on his blog, Transient Me. I suspect anyone who has had a hard time writing, whether that be on a novel, a report, or even a blog post, can relate to Emerson's powerful words:
Our moods do not believe in each other. To-day I am full of thoughts, and can write what I please. I see no reason why I should not have the same thought, the same power of expression, to-morrow. What I write, whilst I write it, seems the most natural thing in the world; but yesterday I saw a dreary vacuity in this direction in which now I see so much; and a month hence, I doubt not, I shall wonder who he was that wrote so many continuous pages. Alas for this infirm faith, this will not strenuous, this vast ebb of a vast flow! I am God in nature; I am a weed by the wall.
Reading through that got me thinking: for all of the times I've heard of "writer's block," I don't think I've ever heard of "painter's block" or "dancer's block" or "inventor's block."
So, a question for you, reader. If you consider yourself a creative person, and if you channel your creativity in ways other than writing, do you have these kind of blocks?