Writer’s Block. Is it real? Or just a figment of our imagination? Whether it’s real or not. I get it!
I procrastinate, I pace around the house with a self-pitying expression on my face, I eat, I make too many cups of tea, I clean the kitchen, I google things, I even google, “How to cure Writer’s Block.” The list is endless.
Do you get Writer’s Block? What do you do about it?
Hang on! I think it’s gone now… I feel a new blog coming on!
Isn’t it ironic?
Yep! Writer’s Block is precisely what inspired me to write this blog. Funny that! Isn’t it ironic?
My first question came when I read an article about whether or not Writer’s Block was real. Again, ironic. Because honestly, before reading that I thought it was. Why? Because I had experienced “it” on so many occasions.
Of course, there are many explanations for the ‘act’ of not-writing. Research suggests, however that fear of the judgement of others’ and excessive self-criticism are high up on the list of reasons. We can all relate to that, can’t we?
Why you should call Writer’s Block something else
Whether Writer’s Block is really a “thing” or not, I have decided here and now to no longer use the term. Why? Because walking around saying or writing for that matter, that I have Writer’s Block gives “it” power and you’re feeding your fear. If I say I have Writer’s Block, guess what is going to happen? I’m going to have Writer’s Block!
It’s like hypochondriacs for example… Often, they actually make themselves sick by giving themselves labels, when they weren’t even sick in the first place!
It’s okay to have an “off” day
Some of you may find it odd, even detrimental, that I’m a writer and I’m publishing a blog post about the fact that I had Writer’s Block. But even us writers simply can’t write some days and like everyone, have “off” days.
So, next time I feel like I can’t write. I’ll just leave it at that. I’ll say I’m having an “off” day and come back to it later or the next day when I’m feeling more “on”.
What should you do about Writer’s Block?
It doesn’t have to be a masterpiece for crying out loud! Whether you’re writing a blog post, an assignment, a short story or a novel that’s going to change the world, just write something. Anything. Don’t worry about spelling mistakes, poor grammar, or the million thoughts floating around in your head. Just put something onto paper.
Today, I wrote ten pages. Are they any good? Hmmm I’ll find out tomorrow!
As Mark Twain said, “The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and then starting on the first one.”
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