Writer’ ‘block is viewed by some as a myth, a bane, or an excuse. Understand that writing is an exercise in trust. Some believe that writers’ block is an affliction of luxury, an indisposition reserved for those who have the time to spare.

The fact is: everyone is vulnerable and you can write under any circumstance.

Being weighed down with writer’s block doesn’t mean you will never write again. Escape writer’s block by re-writing, editing, proofing, or digging up old, half-baked concepts you’ve never put to paper. There are tricks to helping you manage the creative ebbs and tides we’re all forced to deal with.

Use writer’s block as an inspiration – move onto a new book, subject matter, or delve into research. The wider your range of thoughts the more you will have to write.

What causes writers’ block:

  • fear,
  • exhaustion,
  • laziness,
  • busyness,
  • perfectionism,
  • lack of structure.

In other ages and times, writers were not thought to be blocked. The term was called ‘dried up’. Claiming “writer’s block” is an excuse, as if you’re a victim of some short- or long-term disability. What you’re facing is a temporary situation—a problem over which you have complete control. Break the negative cycle by starting a positive one.

Tricks to overcoming writers’ block:

  • eliminate distractions,
  • go for a walk – or a run,
  • read a book,
  • talk to a friend,
  • brainstorm ideas.

Producing content involves much the same steps:

  • Prewriting – confirm best format(s) and draft outline
  • Researching – undertake investigation and analysis, gather information
  • Interviewing – contact subjects and conduct interviews via the preferred method
  • Writing – put the words to paper, as the saying goes
  • Revising – submit draft copy for feedback, complete fact-checking, and make edits
  • Publishing – polish final content and deliver and/or distribute for publishing

You need to generate momentum to get out of your funk. It is most importantly to keep on writing.

Write about writer’s block, how it affects you and how you are feeling. Maybe a very funny memoir will grow from that.

Write about writer’s block, how it affects you and how you are feeling. Maybe a very funny memoir will grow from that.

 

 

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