Disney, Nostalgia, and the Inability to Write

It’s been too long since I’ve done this. I was all ready to write a post last week about my Florida experiences. It would have been something of a spoof of those awful childhood essays we had to write in school. “What I did on my holiday, by Christopher Mansell, age 22”. Unfortunately, there wasn’t much to say beyond sun, sweat, Mickey Mouse and bad politics.

This past weekend was spent taking my sister down to university. It was quite a trip, being in the same student halls I lived in three years ago. The whole thing left me sad, but not for the reasons I expected. I’m not sad at my sister leaving home. University was one of the best experiences of my life, and one I think everyone needs to experience. I was sad because I found myself wanting to do it all over again. There’s something wonderful about moving in with total strangers, living independently and making friends from different parts of the country. More than anything at that moment, I wanted it to be me again. Nostalgia is a bitch.

In other news, I can’t write. Not in the sense that everything I write turns out awful and I have no aptitude for it, but in the sense that recently, whenever I sit down to write, nothing comes of it at all. Obviously, I was away in Florida for two weeks lately without my laptop, so that didn’t afford me much writing time. I did manage to get some outline work done for my current project, and I now have a clearer sense of where that story is going and the themes I want to convey. But I can’t write.

I hesitate to call it writer’s block. Firstly because I hate the term, and secondly because I associate that with a lack of ideas. That is most certainly not the case. I have ideas nearly every day, more than I can or will ever use. I just seem to be in a place right now where I can’t get them down on paper. Nonetheless, I am taking steps to fix the issue. On October 2nd, I start a creative writing course. I am hoping it will give me an opportunity to meet other people with an interest in writing, and get some feedback on my current projects. Beyond that, it is thirty seven days until November, which officially puts me, as of now, on the path to NaNoWriMo 2012.


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