I have writer’s block.
What should I write? How should I start the next sentence? What needs to happen next?
Okay, I don’t really have writer’s block. And thank goodness! Don’t you hate it when you get writer’s block? When you’re sitting at the computer and staring at the screen, but you’re mind seems blank. You put your fingers on the keyboard, but nothing happens. So you wrack your brain trying to think what to type next. You start a sentence, erase it, start again, and erase it again.
I know some writers claim it’s not real, and some writers say they never get writer’s block. They say it’s a state of mind that you just need to push through. They say “when you have writer’s block just sit down and write even if it’s garbage.” And maybe it’s just me, but that is easier said than done. Sometimes I feel like I can’t push through.
I’ve been thinking a lot about writer’s block because I’m in the process of pulling myself out of a slump. Until recently I’d been feeling like I had a bad case of writer’s block that I couldn’t push through. Instead of trying to write through it, I found it much more helpful to take a step back and try to understand the why behind my writer’s block. Once I knew what was causing it, it was so much easier to cure.
Writer’s Block: the Causes and the Cures
What is Writer’s Block?
Sometimes it feels like I catch writer’s block like I catch the common cold. I’m healthy and functional one day, and the next day I’m going through a pack of Kleenex an hour. I’m writing fine one day, and the next day I can’t think of a single word to put on the page.
While it feels like catching a cold is something out of my control that just happens on a whim, I know it’s caused when my immune system is compromised. And there are certain precautions I can take to prevent myself from being infected.
Writer’s block is no different. By taking a step back to learn why I’ve been having writer’s block, I’ve found a few ways I can safeguard myself against “catching” a bad case of writer’s block.
The Causes and Cures of Writer’s Block
This month, I’m happy to say I’m going to do a series post about writer’s block!
Since this week is simply an introduction to the series, I won’t be getting too specific. But, I will say that writer’s block seems to be a combination of not being prepared, not being motivated, or being afraid.
If I’m not physically or mentally prepared to write, it’s nearly impossible. I also struggle to write if I do not feel motivated. But the biggest thing that keeps me from writing are my fears.
Even simply recognizing these causes of writer’s block has helped me make progress in finding a cure. The best tip to curing writer’s block has been understanding how to prevent myself from feeling unprepared, unmotivated, and afraid.
Join me each Tuesday for awesome tips about understanding the causes of writer’s block and learning tips to cure it.
Part 1: Writer’s Block the Causes and the Cures