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Mar 16

When Words Wither: Dealing with Writer’s Block

There is nothing like the feeling of words flowing through your fingertips into the keyboard as you write your next novel or maybe even a brilliant blog article.  The words become like a melody as the ideas cohere into verses or paragraphs that your reader is really going to connect with.  Your writing is shaping up to become a true piece of art and even before you have finished, you can already feel the pride welling up inside of you.  However, just as quickly as the awesomeness of creation inspired you, it leaves, and you come crashing straight into that brick wall we refer to as writer’s block.

The actual cause of writer’s block has been pondered on for a very long time and despite the amount of research and time spent on it, there is no real definitive answer.  For some writers it is a simple loss of inspiration while for others it may be something more technical.  For instance, if you have begun to write a book that is a huge stretch or a very massive undertaking that you are not prepared for, writer’s block will almost be a given.  Some writers can even allow their own psychology to create problems with their creative flow.  A break-up, a significant death, or even a public rejection of their last work could make the conditions ideal for writer’s block to occur.

Writer’s block is actually fairly common and most writers will experience it at some time in their life.  The condition is perfectly normal and even great author’s like F. Scott Fitzgerald had the occasional bout of writer’s block.  It will happen at some point and the first thing you need to do when it does is to remain calm and not allow it to fester into a larger problem.  It needs to be taken seriously because there are some rare cases of writers who ended their careers due to a serious writer’s block issue. This does not have to be the case for you because there are things you can do that may help you break free from it.

In many cases the problem is actually mild and not so hard to overcome.  One of the best ways for me to overcome a case of mild writer’s block is to get some exercise.  This is really ideal as exercise improves blood blow to the old brain and this definitely gives your creativity centers a boost.  It is often all that is required to get the proper inspiration flowing again.  I recommend daily exercise for writers or anyone who spends most of their day at a desk.  Trust me when I say, it will make your life easier in the long run.

For more severe cases of writer’s block you really need to analyze the nature of the beast which should hopefully make the solution come to light.  If your writer’s block is accompanied by or was preceded by a bout of depression, then obviously dealing with the depression first may very well help with the writer’s block.  If you are trying to write ‘War and Peace’ and have never even written a short story before, than you may want to step back and work on more suitable projects for your level of experience.  If your writer’s block came or is associated with any external stimuli, you need to deal with the external first.

In many cases of severe writer’s block, there is no shame in getting a little outside help.  If you cannot deal with or fix the problems that are causing the issue, then perhaps seeking out a professional such as a therapist may be your best course of action.  Personally, I would rather pay a therapist for a few sessions or whatever it took if it was going to help the words come back.

Well hopefully you found what I had to say on writer’s block useful.  It is now time for me to pay a few of my bills which I do buy selling my current novel.  The Daughter of Man is a supernatural thriller with a lot of action and a fairly pumped up plot that will keep you glued to your kindle.  If you would be so kind as to head over to Amazon and read some reviews or better yet download the free sample and start yourself on an epic journey that I’m sure you will love.  Also, please feel free to hit the comments below with any of your tips or tricks for coping with writer’s block.

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  1. Nancy Lauzon

    Great post on a problem I think every writer has experienced. For me, a block is a sign to walk away from the keyboard and ponder for a while … it means there’s a problem or roadblock with the story itself, and I can’t continue until I figure it out.

    Of course, it took me years to realize this! LOL!

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