How To Overcome Writer’s Block?

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Writers Block Myth – Does Writers Block Exist?

 

How do I overcome writers’ block? This is the most frequently asked question by most writers at some point in their career. No one knows if the writers’ block exists or its a myth. Hopefully, by the time you finish reading this article, all these issues would have been clarified. 

 


Writer’s Block Meaning 

Definition of Writers Block Is No Longer a Mystery. Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges in difficulty from coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.



The Origin of the Phrase Writers’ Block

Writers’ block is a subject that has been on people’s lips for decades. And as a result, the subject has received much attention throughout history.

 


Also, the subject has been widely documented. For example, Bill Downey’s book,Right Brain-Write On: Overcoming Writer’s Block and Achieving Your Creative Potential Back In, goes back to 1984.


Up to this day and age, no specific method has been singled out to deal with this problem effectively. Yet, we have a group of people who feel there is no such thing as writer’s block. Therefore, it’s not something we can classify as a problem.

 


On the other hand, we have a school of authorities including seasoned authors, who have come up with several suggestions. In one of my previous posts, I briefly touched on the writers’ block issue in a sketchy way.

Simon (2006), a psychologist, has written a book explaining what he perceives as the most effective method to beat writer’s block. He sees the writer’s block as something a writer can easily overcome by doing certain exercises for ten days.


It doesn’t come as a surprise if not many people buy into Simon’s ideas. After all, not all writers believe writers’ block genuinely exist. Paul Lima (2014), also wrote a book to help writers who struggle with writing. His solution lies in doing over 70 exercises. Paul’s solution does not only succeed in getting writers to write but makes them write continuously once they have started.


Peter Elbow (1998) came up with a practical handbook for anyone struggling with writing. His advice is writers should just get on with the act of writing down on paper. On completing, writers must revise their work before passing it on to an audience, who will give some feedback. Peter believes writers can only improve when they take risks and embrace their mistakes. For Peter, the solution to writer’s block comes from the writers themselves.

 


Step 1: To start off, writers should put ideas on paper.
Step 2: Writers should revise their written work.
Step 3: Writers should pass on their work to an audience to review.
Step 4: Writers should get feedback and revise their written work.


Austin Kleon (2012), a writer, sees the potential in everyone to write because writing is all about being creative. His advice to writers is, ‘Be yourself and follow your interests wherever they take you.’ Depending on what direction your interests lead you, try to embrace, influence and collect ideas to discover your own way of writing.


Writer’s Block Cure

Often have we heard that told. However, this works for some writers but not for everyone. Having a plan in place is a subject I have already touched on in my previous post where I emphasize the importance of writing an action plan. There is no point in writing a brilliant Action Plan with goals you can’t achieve. The best way is to test your plan to see if it works for you. If it doesn’t, you can always tweak it to suit your own prevailing circumstances.


Right Place At The Right Time

Right Place At The write Time is a study carried out by Sydnie Long (2017). The aim was to observe how different contexts affect the productivity a writer experiences. The study results showed different habits and conditions creative writers preferred to work in. In today’s world, writers need to take advantage of technological advances to improve their writing, considering the wide variety of creative writing tools now at their disposal.

 


In my opinion, a writers’ block is a strange thing to come across in our modern era. This notion is supported by Kristen Purcell (2017) survey, The Impact of Digital Tools on Student Writing and How Writing is Taught in Schools.

 


Survey results revealed the impacts of digital technologies on students, widely perceived as helpful tools for teaching writing to school students.


Social media, in particular, is facilitating the way students express themselves and in their creativity. Social media has broadened the audience for students written material. Also, encouraging teens to write more often in more formats than their predecessors ever did.

 


The study also unearthed the negative side of teaching writing. The digital technologies have facilitated the informal style to creep into the writing of assignments including plagiarism.


Crushing the Myth of “Writer’s Block” – Teen Authors Journal

I believe in this theory which sees writers themselves to be problem solvers. Instead of listening to the 5 ways of beating the writer’s block, writers themselves must take the lead. According to the Ten Authors Journal, as a writer, you should come up with a unique way to spike your creativity suitable for your writing.

 


We are different from individual writers. So, what worked for others may not work for you. The internet will only hinder your progress because it is so influential in stopping people from being themselves. They will end up picking different things from the internet.

 


Hopefully, you find this topic an interesting read. The writers’ block is a controversial subject. No one knows the specific cause of writers’ block. Some people believe it never exists. Instead, it’s more of an issue of understanding individual differences in writing and how to react appropriately to them.

 


Please feel free to leave your comments below. I can’t wait to hear your own opinion on this subject.

 

10 Comments to “How To Overcome Writer’s Block?”

  1. Andrew says:

    Hi there. I just finished reading your article about writers block and just had to drop you a quick comment to say thanks and to offer my opinion.

    I have been running my own blog for a couple of years now and I used to get writers block on a regular basis. In the beginning I really enjoyed writing but after writing about 40 or 50 articles for my website, I suddenly started to struggle. The process of coming up with new ideas became harder.

    And then I started taking a different approach to my writing as you have suggested here, I started implementing schedules and one thing that really helped me was to go back over old content.

    Now when I get stuck for something to write, I just revisit and old post, pick a section within that subject and begin a whole new article based on that idea. It seems to work for me.

    1. Zegu says:

      Hi, Andrew, thank you so much for sparing your precious time to leave some invaluable comments.
      Also, thanks for sharing your own experiences as a writer.
      I feel I have reached that stage where coming up with new ideas for my posts is getting harder.
      The thought of revisiting my old posts to find an angle to pick up from and explore, never crossed my mind.
      That is a fantastic idea! I will do exactly that.
      It worked for you and I am 100% convinced it will also work for me.

  2. Aaron says:

    Hey Zegu, I really loved this article. I can tell how super important it is to have a planned out schedule for the content of your website. This way you can write articles that build upon each other and draw in the interests of the reader. Another good aspect of that is that you have already everything planned out and exactly know what you are going to do. You just need to follow through with it.

    1. Zegu says:

      Hello, Aaron, thank you very much for sparing your time to leave me some comments.
      I am glad you love this article and that I managed to get my message across.
      I will definitely follow through with it!
      I feel encouraged. Once again many thanks.

  3. Lisa V says:

    Thank you for the article. Sometimes you have a good topic but getting in writing is like banging your head against a brick wall.

    I agree with Simon’s point about getting down on paper. If I can get an outline down, that really helps get things rolling. Once I have my topics/ideas, it then becomes easier to take it in small chunks.

    Do you think sometimes the more we think we have writers block, the more we become clocked? Kind of like. Self-fulfilling prophecy?

    1. Zegu says:

      Thanks a lot, Lisa, for taking your time to leave some comments.
      I’m also one of the people who believe in the self-fulfilling prophecy.
      What we say and what we think matters and has a bearing on what we do.
      That’s why they say positive thinking is the key to success in business and other things we do.
      Once we believe writers block exists, this will certainly have tangible results on our lives.

  4. Gail says:

    Thanks for this informative post on writer’s block. I am a writer and have, on occasion, been stumped by a sheet of blank paper or a computer screen.
    What I usually do is to change my location or go out for a walk to try to reduce the stress of this feeling. I find that if I distract myself from the problem by thinking about something else entirely, then I inspiration usually comes to me. If I try to ‘force it’ in someway, then I usually end up writing rubbish!
    Do you think that we should just write something in these situations regardless of what it is? That is what I’ve heard also, but I’d like to get your input.
    Thanks

    1. Femia says:

      Hello, Gail, thank you so much for taking your time to leave some invaluable comments.
      And for sharing your own personal experiences. I will try to change my location whenever I get stuck.
      What has worked for you might also help someone.
      Coming to your question, I think it helps to just write something. The moment you start writing, things will be set in motion and ideas will begin to flow. Just writing something helps to break the ice.

  5. Tucker says:

    Yes! I too believe that writer’s block does indeed exist. I actually wrote a short blog about techniques for unblocking writer’s block on my website a few weeks back.

    For me, a lack of motivation and energy are the two biggest factors behind writer’s block. If I’m tired, it’s much harder for me to think clearly and dive into writing, especially if it’s on a topic that I need to research thoroughly in order to cover.

    1. Femia says:

      Hi, Tucker, thank you very much for sparing your time to share your own experiences around dealing with the writer’s block problem. 
      I am glad to hear about what you have actually gone through. It goes to show Writers Block really exits.I am interested in reading your blog to have these techniques for unblocking it.
      In one of the books I have read, I came across information saying at times the writer’s block can last for a very  lengthy period, which can be an unfortunate situation for someone with a writing career. So, knowing how to deal with it helps:)

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