Hello, hello, hello! It's blog day, and as promised, today's topic is on writer's block. When I first thought about doing this topic, I thought I was going to just write about writer's block in general, but I've changed my mind. Everybody writes about that so I'm taking a different approach and going to play contrarian. With that being said, today we're going to discuss whether writer's block is real or not and how to overcome it.
What is writer's block? Writer's block is the idea that your ability to write and produce material is somehow gone because you are experiencing some form of mental blockage that coincides with a lack of inspiration. Cue the laughter. Doesn't that just sound absurd? It does. Your ability to write and create more work is not contingent upon whether you're in the right headspace and is definitely not dependent on inspiration as I mentioned in last week's blog post. In my opinion, the idea of writer's block is a made up excuse creative people use to hide the fact that they just don't feel like writing or working on their project. That's also a form of laziness, by the way, but that's not important right now.
You're probably thinking, how dare she. You're right, but who cares. This is subjective and if you don't agree, that is totally fine. But for this blog post and in my opinion, writer's block is not real. We as writer's use this excuse to procrastinate and not write because we're not "feeling" inspired. The thing is, writing is exactly how you beat "writer's block". Sometimes you just have to write and put words down one after the other even if they feel forced. Not feeling like working is natural and inspiration comes and goes, so being consistent in writing is the key to overcoming this false idea of writer's block. I know this to be true because I've experienced this. These past few weeks I have been stuck on the same chapter, claiming writer's block because nothing was inspiring me. After awhile, I started to write whether it was just a couple of sentences or dialogue until finally the words started to flow more easily and the need for inspiration was non-existent. I am now at the end of the chapter I was struggling with and am about to start chapter four.
So, how do we overcome this idea of writer's block? The first thing one should do is set a specific time to write each day and stick to it. That's easy, right? No. It's going to be challenging because life happens, but, even so, try to maintain some semblance of a schedule. Another way to combat writer's block is to give yourself a word count goal or a page count goal to meet daily or weekly. By doing this you are keeping yourself on target and also enforcing the idea of writing everyday. Notice a pattern here? CONSISTENCY. If you remain consistent in your writing, setting a time to write each day and establishing goals to meet daily and or weekly, writer's block won't be much a factor any longer. So, go home and get out your journal or computer and just WRITE. Put one word down and then another and keep going. You'll see what I'm talking about. See you next week!
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A contrarian at heart. I prefer The Lord of the Rings over Harry Potter and Narnia. I love Country Music and John Hughes movies and am the worst at singing the correct lyrics.