Simplicity: A Cure for Writer’s Block

wooden spoonsI’ve been battling with writer’s block for a few days. This usually happens when my life is on overload and all circuits are busy. I have a lot of ideas, ailment but can’t quite seem to grab my own attention long enough to string two words together. So, recipe I’ll grease the wheel with something simple: my wooden spoons.

I love wooden spoons. I collect them. I hunt for them. At every kitchen or food store, order every farmer’s market, every arts and crafts show (yes, I’m the young woman in the midst of a senior citizens’ day out), I’m on the lookout for a new one.

I have an obscene number of spoons, some rough and gnarly, some rich and smooth. I love them all. (Have I mentioned that I love wooden spoons?!) The strange thing about my addiction is that I don’t actually use them when I cook. I just like to look at them. They sit on my countertop in a rustic ceramic holder, like flowers in a vase.

But I assure you: I don’t neglect them. I take them out, twirl them between my fingers, tap them against the palm of my hand as I flip through the recipe indexes in my brain. These spoons serve as a source of unparalleled inspiration. (And now, apparently, they’re also a cure for writer’s block.) Sometimes the simplest things are the most useful – in and out of the kitchen.


  1. Lauren M says:

    Love it, such a great blog Emily! Keep up the awesome writing.

    • emily says:

      Thanks, Lauren! It’s so nice to have an outlet to write more often. You have a great blog, too, friend! ;0)

  2. Oh, writer’s block! It happens to all of us sometimes. I find that going for a long walk or taking a hot bath really help clear my head and get the creative juices flowing. Great meeting you over the weekend. P.S. I love your spoon collection!

    • emily says:

      Thanks, Jen – I have so many ideas from the weekend (great meeting you, too!) that sometimes I’m paralyzed by possibility. Ha! Such is the life of a writer! :0)

  3. Lana says:

    Emily, I felt really bad when I realized you have already left – I wanted to say goodbye:( But I am sure that our paths will cross again, even if it is through Twitter:)
    You reminded me of a young Andy McDowell – not only your hair, but your beautiful smile:)
    I can relate to your love of wooden spoons – throughout the years I have collected and given away many beautiful specimens:)
    Everybody has good and bad moments when writing. I always write at night, after my kids and husband are asleep – my inspiration gets to me when I am alone, without the distractions:)
    Looking forward to learning more about you:)

    • emily says:

      Thank you for your kind words, Lana! You’re a beautiful person, inside and out – and I adored meeting you this weekend! I’m sure our paths will cross again, and I will be following your blog and devouring every ounce of your stories. :)

  4. I don’t like cooking with anything else but my wooden spoons. Something so basic and rustic amongst all this stainless steel and technology we have in the kitchen today!

    • emily says:

      So true, Laura – I love the feeling of a wooden spoon in my hand! It reminds me of being in the kitchen with my mom when I was little. So simple and sweet… :0)

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