I am not a professional writer. It doesn’t matter; writer’s block is something that happens to the best of us.
For instance, have you ever bought a birthday or anniversary card and rather than just sign your name, you attempt to write a little paragraph or two? Instant writer’s block. How do you possibly put your emotions and personal feelings into a few short sentences?
Writing a business letter? How about a rebuttal letter to a newspaper article? Any of these can stimulate writer’s block.
Let’s discuss what writer’s block actually is, and ways to overcome it.
Writers block is publically defined as:
“Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing as a profession in which an author loses the ability to produce new work. The condition varies widely in intensity. It can be trivial, a temporary difficulty in dealing with the task at hand. At the other extreme, some “blocked” writers have been unable to work for years on end, and some have even abandoned their careers. It can manifest as the affected writer viewing their work as inferior or unsuitable, when in fact it could be the opposite. The condition was first described in 1947 by psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler” [excerpt from Wikipedia]
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These are my ways to deal with writer’s block:
Avoiding writer’s block can be done by a variety of ways. Being refreshed and having a good sleep are key. Get a good night’s sleep the night before, and be refreshed when you begin writing. If you are half way through a literary piece and you find yourself struggling, take a break and come back to it in a few minutes. Go grab a coffee, munch on a cookie, whatever it takes to put your mind at rest for a brief period.
Create an environment where writer’s block is less likely to occur. This means, don’t write in a situation that is likely to cause distractions. TV and radios can’t be blaring. Traffic noise can’t be causing a problem for you either. People running around the office or the house can be distracting as well.
For instance, it might be wise for you to use time during the office lunch hour when the employees are away to compile your difficult letter. Or don’t write that blurb in that birthday card inside the post office while people are coming and going while you sit huddled in a corner.
Writing a novel as a full time job? Modify your sleep schedule so you sleep in late in the morning, and you go to bed late at night. You’ll find that when the city seems to quiet down for the night, it is a very peaceful time to write. Dogs are no longer barking, loud motorcycles aren’t driving down the street. Phones aren’t ringing, and the rest of your family is asleep. This is a golden time to write as long as you, yourself, isn’t tired.
Your mind must be in a creative mood. We all get moody for various reasons. This could happen due to nutrition, stress, even simple interruptions. Each and every day there are periods where you will be in a good, bad, happy, or even a creative mood. Don’t write while you are in a bad mood unless it is a customer complaint letter. 🙂
When your mindset is right, AND the environment is friendly, you’ll be able to write without having writer’s block. It is that simple.
Perhaps both your mindset to be creative and the environment is right, but for some reason, you’re not having any inspiration. That’s an easy fix. Think about what you’re about to write, and find someone, or something, to inspire you.
For instance, if you are planning on writing a fiction novel, go read a fiction novel that you didn’t write. Watch how the words and descriptions you are reading seem to turn your brain on to thinking about these things. Descriptive words from someone’s writings can inspire your brain to start thinking along those lines.
Thinking about writing an excerpt in a birthday card and having trouble? Look in your memory box for previous cards written to you. Read them. If you put your brain through the exercise of experiencing something, it will become inspired to create like minded things.
With the foregoing being said, I’m going to re-define writer’s block MY WAY:
“Writer’s block is a condition that anyone can experience when attempting to write. It is a situation where the brain is not able to create or concentrate due to a wide variety of factors. The mindset must be right. The mind must be inspired. Finally, the environment must be suitable for the writer to thrive. When all conditions are favorable, it is impossible to experience writer’s block.” — Jason http://lifeisfunny.freethrills.com
So the next time you are experiencing writer’s block, look at your environment and take some action. Small changes can remedy that situation.
😛 Scientists are working a new medication in tablet form that will alleviate writer’s block.
— That’s a intended joke. But who knows, might that even possible some day?
Is there something I’ve missed? I’m experiencing a little writer’s block at this moment and need to hear from you.