Writer’s block is the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.
When I try to picture it in my head, I visualise a large immovable block that your writing hand is shackled to, which is why you cannot write…..
Or maybe it is large chopping block where you lay your head as you wait for the axe of creative constipation to chop your silly head off…….
Off with your head….. if you can visualize your writer’s block in your head then you are kidding yourself you do not really have writer’s block, your creative mechanism still work; you need to collect and focus your creative energy.
To understand writer’s block you first have to understand the psychology of a creative individual. Imagine a writer as a therapist; unconsciously self-psychoanalyzing to resolve inner turmoil via the sublime medium of writing….
In other words writers are batty, how can they not be?
Writer’s block has probably existed since the first writer picked up a stick and scratched something on a cave wall or perhaps even before that when he traced doodles into the dirt with his fingers and when the rain washed it away he tried to do it again, and could not, quite get it right……
But the term writer’s block was first coined in 1947 by a psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler who described it as a “Neurotic inhibition of productivity”
What causes Writer’s Block?
–Self Doubt or Self Criticism; (afraid of how you will be judged or if you wrote something before and it was praised and now the pressure as you are not sure you can ever equal the same level of excellence or being compared to other greats)
–Timing; (when you just cant find the time and space and distractions.)
–Procrastination; (waiting for inspiration)
–Perfectionism; (waiting for everything to fall into place, which it never does)
–Disillusionment; (you write and no one notices, no recognition)
–unhappiness; (It should come as no surprise that an unhappy writer is likely to be creatively blocked and that a blocked writer is probably unhappy. Unhappy people daydream less period.)
There are many other causes for it but these are the most common.
Writer’s block is a psychological condition and as with all psychological manifestations its treatment should be some feel good therapeutic exercise….
How To Break Free The Writer’s Block
Writing is an intimate conversation with your innermost thoughts; so to deal with your writer’s block; relax and get alone time, you need to find some joy in your writing; if you feel good, you write good……
If I had a holy grail solution to dealing with writer’s block; I would probably be selling it in a set of 25 motivational DVDs at $1.99 a DVD and after you had bought the entire set you would find that you were no closer to getting past your writer’s block than when you started; that’s because writing is not an exact science, it is an art; and art has no rules; it has No Chill.
However I’ll share a few quirky remedies outrageous enough to just pop the bubble of that uncreative funk
*Firstly WRITE, write anything; keep writing until you write better
Writing about writer’s block is better than not writing at all
*Pretend you are writing a rough draft and not a masterpiece
*Talk to your characters, have coffee with them, interview them
*Write like you talk
No one ever gets talker’s block
PS I never suffer from writer’s block; I immensely enjoy it and use it as an excuse to exercise all my quirky traits and blame my unruly muse ♥♥♥♥