Writer’s block isn’t actually a brick wall, and you certainly don’t have to do any physical climbing. But at the same time, writer’s block isn’t an illness or disease you can catch that renders you useless.
The basic understanding people have of writer’s block is that it’s the temporary failure to put words on paper and create new ideas.
Surely there must be a reason we writers can suddenly experience this loss of ability? Maybe it is down to timing, or fear or even lack of structure?
Or is writer’s block merely an excuse?
You never hear doctors suffering from diagnosis block, so why does it only seem to be writers who experience this?
Simple – it is an excuse you make up in your own head. The wall is not made up of bricks, in fact, there isn’t even a wall. By believing in the lie you tell yourself, you allow that lie to become real.
You convince yourself that there must be some dark force working against you, to stop you from creating new and exciting content.
When we think we are blocked, we become blocked.
The focus revolves around what you can’t do, instead of taking a step back and attacking from another angle.
Real Reasons For Feeling Writer’s Block
The following points could be what you are actually experiencing when you feel as though you have writer’s block:
- High standards
- Lack of structure
It won’t necessarily be the same problem and solution for every writer, after all, everybody has their own approach to writing.
Having said that, the list above is common amongst many creatives. If we are not putting pressure on ourselves then the pressure or fear comes from other sources.
It’s the way the job works. Nevertheless, there are a few tricks to try and combat that dreaded feeling of writer’s block.
- Accept Resistance – By doing this you are consciously acknowledging that for some reason unseen forces are trying to stop you from writing. Even if that unseen force is yourself.
- The Root Problem – Stop. Sit back and take a breath. Ask yourself what’s really going on in your head? Don’t focus on what is preventing you, but rather: why do you feel at a loss?
- Create Structure – Creating some form of routine to structure the process of you creating new content. Routines are excellent. Keeping yourself stuck to a strict routine allows it to become a habit. This habit will then become second nature to you.
There are also a few other simpler things you can try like;
- Going for a walk
- Change your environment
- Brainstorm some bullet points
- Read some inspiring quotes
Sometimes the thing that works best for people is to just write. Don’t over-think it and don’t make it harder than it needs to be. Start putting words on paper and see what happens.
At the end of the day, it’s the first draft so you can always make amendments. The difference between a professional writer and an amateur writer is one gets stuck and the other pushes through.
I’ll let you work out which is which.
The Beauty Of Choice
For many, creating content isn’t something they have a lot of time for, and neither is it something they want to be doing.
Luckily, there are many solutions out there, such as working with a copywriter who can give you that helping hand.
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