What is Writer’s Block?

Writer’s block refers to the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing. To have ideas we are unable to adequately convey can be extremely frustrating for novice and veteran writers alike. The problem is that it’s often carelessly tossed around to cover a plethora of creative obstacles.

A good many writers write daily, often prolifically so. We have high standards and that can come with a certain expectation that the creative well must never run dry. All work must be of a high standard, if not perfection itself.

When we write, and the words don’t come easy we feel as though something is dreadfully wrong or sorely lacking. Avoid being too hard on yourself as it only creates additional pressure. In turn that makes it harder to get creatively rejuvenated and can lead to burn out. Though similar, there are differences between writer’s block and burnout, with the latter being more serious.

Is it a dose of perspective we need?

Is it realistic to expect ourselves to be able to be creative and write well every day? Even world class athletes allow themselves a day off from training. Runners don’t run every day. They’ll alternate activities, doing a mixture of running, and strength training. Whatever plan they’re following, they’re going to have good days where it seems to come easy. There will also be days where everything feels like a struggle. When you get right down to it, this really applies to all areas of life so it follows that having days where we feel blocked is natural.

Our minds, our reserves of creative energy need opportunities to rest too.

Though it may feel as though you’ll never have another good idea again, take it as your mind’s way of letting you know it needs a break. There are many ways of dealing with writer’s block. It might be as simple as taking a walk to clear your head, reading a few chapters of a book or watching something on T.V. It’s not unusual for ideas to start popping into your mind when you’re doing other things. Even if that doesn’t happen and you still feel stuck, something even as simple as working on something else for a bit can help you to loosen up again, especially if there’s no-pressure. Remember this is something all writers, all people go through in some form and you will make it through.

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