Sometimes, in writing, you hit a pocket of electrified gold.
You're pulling words and sentences out of a seemingly bottomless void of creativity, and when you finish you're in awe of the quality of work you've produced.
You're sure that this momentum you've built will never end.
Then there's writer's block. The brick wall which appears out of nowhere to bring you to a sudden halt
You try to push on, convincing yourself you've still got it, the lightning is still there, you've just misplaced it. Nope. Out of nowhere the river has dried up, and the few sentences you manage to force out seem like they were written by someone else entirely - compared to the lines you were putting down not so long ago.
So what happened?
Well, there are several potential causes.
You might've burnt yourself out - too many hours sat in front of a glaring screen will do that. Monotony is a major enemy of creativity. You need to stir the pot, or things will quickly grow stale.
You might be lacking in focus, or have something else on your mind. This is only natural; your brain will bombard you with fleeting thoughts to pull your attention away from the task at hand.
A lack of preparation and planning could also be the culprit. Free writing is an art in and of itself - but in most other forms of writing, planning ahead will be helpful. Write out a simple checklist of what you want to have done in an hour, two hours, etc. Basically, just give yourself something to turn to when you feel lost.
For those times when you feel the writer's block coming on, try these simple methods:
Go for a walk
The physical benefits of stretching your legs might be enough on its own to get your creative juices flowing again. Bonus points if you can go somewhere which offers a nice change of scenery. Remember; monotony isn't your friend.
Write something else
Or, better yet, create something else. Engaging your brain through different pathways is like tackling a steep hill; if the way forward is blocked, find another way.
You don't need to go too overboard - just find something else to dedicate your focus to, for a short while. Whatever you do, don't procrastinate.
If picking something else up doesn't appeal to you, then consider the opposite. Meditation is the best way to calm your mind and relax your body, allowing you to find that infinite well of focus and inspiration within you.
If you've never meditated before, find a quick guide online and give it a shot. A quiet room and a spare fifteen minutes are all that's required. With all that said, however, it's time to discuss what is by far the most common cause of writer's block - fear.
All writers deal with this - fear of not being good enough, of not living up to expectations, fear of finishing a piece or of even starting it, fear of deadlines, etc.
The solution here is the simplest of all: ignore it. Fear is not your friend here, it is fleeting and fickle and it wants you to be as unproductive as possible
For writers, this is not an option. The one prerequisite to being a writer is that you have to write. So do it!
The good news is that the more you push past the fear, the easier it gets. It still never really becomes easy, but there's a skill to ignoring the voice in you that says I can't and reaching your wordcount regardless. Give this a try the next time you are stricken with writer's block - it won't be easy at first, but you'll get the hang of it.
Your writing demands it!
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