You have your pen and paper out, ready to write that best seller. You write the first line and then you realize it does not make sense. You try multiple times and fail. You aren’t sure what is happening, but the words are not flowing. The story is in your mind, but you can’t seem to get it on paper.
You visit your doctor and explain your situation. After she listens to all you have to say and runs her tests, she concludes that you have the dreaded “writers block.”
Luckily this disease is not life threatening and there is hope for you.
What is writers block
Writers block refers to a condition where you want to write, but just can’t. Maybe you have lost the inspiration or desire to write, or you cannot translate what is on your mind to your word processing program. This situation can also take place with seasoned writers so do not think that you are alone.
Writers block can be caused by many factors such as tight deadlines, heavy demands, fear, anxiety, illness, stress, distraction, etc. Probably the writer has too many conflicting ideas in his mind for a book. Or he had a negative experience with his previous book and he lacks the motivation to go forward. Maybe he thinks that his story will not be successful.
Whatever the reason, know that writers block can be fixed with some commitment and positivity on the part of the writer.
Tips for overcoming writers block
- Accept the fact that you have a problem and that there is a reason why you cannot write. Once you come to this realization, then you will search for solutions. Blaming people for writers block will not help the situation. You must look for a workaround to whatever obstacle that is keeping you from writing.
- Many writers suffer with writers block simply because they did not take time to establish a clear goal for their story. Before you start writing, you should clearly define the message you want to convey in your story, the goal to achieve and the intended audience you are writing to.
- Creating an outline of your story greatly helps in staying focused and remaining committed.
- Avoid distractions of people and technology as much as possible and concentrate on the project that you are working on.
- Changing the location of your writing is also a good strategy to try and it may just cause the inspiration and ideas to flow.
- Discuss your story with a close friend. You will be surprised at the many topics that will be raised and you will surely get the motivation to go on.
So my fellow writers, writers block is real, but it can be overcome.