Writer's block is like Captain America
Quick recap for those of you who (somehow) haven't managed to see any of the Captain America movies: Steve Rogers, AKA Captain America, was a genetically enhanced super soldier from the Second World War. He flies a plane carrying a huge bomb into the frozen ocean to save New York or something (nine times out of ten it's New York) and becomes a Capsicle. (Ha, ha. See what I did there?) About 75 years later, some people find him in the ice and wake him up. (He doesn't die because he's enhanced. Cool, huh?)
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Also quick recap for those of who you (somehow) haven't experienced writer's block: it's basically this sucky existence where you can't write. Hence the name, the block of the writers.
Voilà! Recap finished. (I'd do up a nice venn diagram for you and make this post nice and short, but I have a feeling that I'd screw the diagram up so let's not do that.)
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So here we go, why writer's block is like Captain America.
First of all, writing block sounds super cool to have. You sound pretty impressive when you drag yourself around the house, moaning about how your characters aren't behaving and how you IMMEDIATELY NEED A HOT CHOCOLATE OR SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE AND THEY MIGHT NOT EVEN BE FICTIONAL. Everyone kinda just stares at you in reverence and runs to get you the hot chocolate. If you're Captain America, you are pretty much the definition of impressive. He walks into a room and everyone realizes that the boss is there. They then rush off to get him a hot chocolate (because obviously that's what you should do).
Writing block is difficult to beat. Like I mentioned before, a good way to deal with it is to flop around the house. Also, yelling at random strangers helps. So does procrastination. Writing blog posts is good, too. But no matter what you do, you can't shake the beast off your shoulders. On the other hand, Captain America is a known warrior/fighter/soldier dude. He's hard to be beat. He has a giant frisbee, and he isn't afraid to use it. *cue epic explosions*
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Writer's block comes up in the randomest of places. Like yeah, sure, you can have a great week and then BAM! suddenly you can't even touch the keyboard without getting burned like a vampire. Did anyone see it coming? No, they did not. Captain America is like that, too. After all, the last place you'd expect to find a super soldier would be the Arctic ice. He just randomly showed up, and it was pretty much useless for S.H.I.E.L.D to ask any questions. They just had to deal with what showed up.
I would like to point out one difference. Capitan America is awesome, writer's block is not. Would I like to hang out with Captain America for the day? Yes, yes I would. (We would go for ice cream or something. It would be marvellous. (See what I did there?)) Would I like to stab my writer's block in the eyes, then tear out its kidneys? Yes, yes I would. Alas, I am stuck with no Captain America and one case of writer's block.
Who's your favourite superhero? Have you ever had writer's block? Who's seen Captain America: Civil War? (Hint: it's awesome.)