Some of you may disagree with this, but I don’t believe in the feared curse called “writer’s block.”
Don’t get me wrong: There are obstacles to our writing progress, but let’s be more specific in order to properly diagnose what ails us…and our writing.
The traditional idea of Writer’s Block being some mystical curse to blame for a writer’s lack of progress is silly. Anytime we sit down at a computer (a typewriter, a pen and paper) and nothing comes out of our fingertips then it’s likely we’ve come unprepared in one way or another. Either it’s our lack of planning and organization within the subject itself or it’s a lack of emotional preparation. I’ve seen this with my own writing so many times. Sitting down to write unprepared can lead to disaster and delays, especially when it comes to the emotional influences of writing.
In my own writing experience, it’s typically the following that hinder writing:
- Writer’s Lack of Self-Discipline
- Writer’s Low Self-Esteem
- Writer’s Doubts
- Writer’s Laziness
- Writer’s Selfish Ambition
- Writer’s Wrong Motivations
- Writer’s Lack of Courage
- Writer’s Low Risk Tolerance
- Writer’s Lack of Focus
- Writer’s Failure to Plan
Have you experienced any or all of the following scenarios?
“What kind of crap am I writing? No one will read this!”
“Ugh. I’m so unorganized; I don’t know how to write a paragraph, let alone a novel. What do I do next?”
“I need to perfect every word, every sentence…now!”
“If I write this, will anyone read it?”
“Okay, I’m sitting down to write. Where do I start?”
“I’ll write tomorrow.”
“I want this to be a bestseller, but I’m not good enough for that kind of success.”
“I don’t want to write an outline. That’s boring.”
“I think I’ll do some research tonight [instead of writing].”
How do you overcome this giant we call Writers’ Block?