“It’s all a learning curve,” My Mum says.
I had rung her in an emergency, hoping she could offer me the verbal cure to mental block.
If writer’s block leads to a failure to produce anything new, mental block leads to a failure to do anything at all.
Mental Block hit me today as I stood under a smoky bridge on Old Street.
I had 250 flyers in my bag to promote my workshop and I didn’t want to move.
The sky was a dull white blanket again; the worst August since the beginning of time.
Like being in a depressed person’s head, a friend described it.
All around me there were bars and pubs and café’s. All full of potential people who might reject my handsome flyer.
Mental block naturally sees a glass half empty. In fact, it sees a half empty glass as a glass with a little dribble of backwash at the bottom.
So there I was, rooted to the spot, utterly frustrated by my metamorphosis into a complete wuss.
What was it? Had all my childhood shyness come back to haunt me?
All I wanted to do was to go home and lie under my duvet for the rest of eternity.
My life flashed before me, not only what had been, but what would be.
I envisioned myself with grey hair still talking about Shop Girl Diaries at parties, the one and only book I would ever write.
And as I was sinking into despair, I saw two extraterrestrials walking towards me in the distance.
They were green and blue and fluffy and at least 6 foot tall.
As they drew nearer I saw they had human eyes and human noses sticking out of gaps in the techni- colour fabric.
And on their backs were string bags...
loaded with leaflets!
Oh god, I thought, I could be wearing that!
It dawned on me then that it wasn’t so bad. I was doing this for myself!
I read our Stim.u.lus workshops motto and remembered what it was all about.
U-inspire U-motivate U-create U-develop U-stimulate
U don’t give up under a polluted London railway bridge and retreat back to bed.
U pick yourself and U get on with it because if U want something U have to be proactive!
U got it? I did, eventually.
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