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A Little Advice about Writer's Block

Dear any writer who reads this, you and I have a mutual enemy.

That enemy comes unexpectedly and uninvited every time. We cannot think straight or piece our words together. We find ourselves confused and frustrated, we might even feel useless, as if we’ve lost our ability to do what we do best. The enemy stands right in front of us, blocking our sunlight and leaving us unable to step forwards. Suddenly our ideas are stupid and we lose motivation. We lose inspiration.

If this at all sounds familiar to you, then I welcome you to the club of writers that have had to endure the company of what we call “writer's block”.

First of all, anyone who experiences writer's block has or will produce amazing work. Writer's block is not a sign of weakness or lack of skill but is just one of many obstacles that must be dealt with, just like the other obstacles in life. There are always ways to overcome them.

If you find yourself staring at an empty screen or blank piece of paper, waiting to be filled with words that just won’t reveal themselves, start of by asking yourself a few simple questions:

Have you slept well?

Have you eaten?

Are you in a bad mood?

Are you relaxed?

Are you in a place where you can write without disturbances?

Sometimes we are so adamant on forcing ourselves to write so much when we don’t actually have the energy, appropriate setting, piece of mind or wellbeing to do so. Your creativity needs fuel to boost it. If you are exhausted or hungry, you won’t have that fuel. Even if you have deadlines, it’s better to give yourself a small break first rather than rush ahead and end up writing something you’re unhappy with.

Once you feel that you’re physically and mentally ready to write, yet still sit there completely blank, there could be two reasons why this is happening.

The first reason is that you aren’t allowing yourself to be completely immersed and connected with your imagination. You might think of ideas but then worry that they seem silly and by doing so you are putting a limit on your imagination. Whatever the thought or idea, write it down anyway. The worst thing to do is keep everything inside your head and not out in the open. This will drive you mad. By writing something down it may lead to more ideas and usually you tend to connect the dots later. To connect deeper with your imagination you need to make sure your heart is in it. Emotions often influence creativity. If you’re trying to be too logical and technical about your writing, then you may find yourself deleting, editing or crossing out whatever you do write. You can always save that for later on. No first draft is supposed to be precise and so neither should your writing.

The second reason is confidence. Perhaps you worry that what you do write isn’t good enough and therefore don’t write at all. Perhaps you're hesitating. Again, the first draft is not designed to be the best. If you are later unsatisfied about what you’ve written, you are always free to go back and change it. Writing is your very own puzzle that you can design and organise as you wish. Have faith, be passionate and remember that you are not writing to impress everybody or to be liked by everyone. You are writing to be heard, to embrace your voice and communicate it to the world.

Written by Courtney Ann

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