“Writing about a writers’ block is better than not writing at all.
1. Have you ever felt a sudden loss of ideas while writing for your favorite publisher?
2. Have you ever felt that you have become less creative than ever?
3. Have you ever felt that your own writings are boring?
Well, it happens to every writer.
Your prose has turned to mush, you don’t have any creative muscle left in your body, and you want to leave it all.
Every writer encounters it. But what you as a writer do with it is what really matters. Before we talk about solutions, though, let’s elucidate the problem.
Perfectionism is the main reason for most writers’ block. Most writers in order to follow a “perfect” manuscript tend to under-estimate themselves or sometimes over-estimate and set standards not humanly achievable. And on not achieving targets, they lose their motivation. Low-self esteem finds its way through this to the author. And BOOM! The author marks himself USELESS!
“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft.”
PRESSURE FROM A PREVIOUS SUCCESS
Having published a successful book puts a humongous responsibility on your shoulders. It triggers the desire to write, at least, a book/text as good as that one. That jitter is a writer’s block behind the door. The only way to fight it is to write. And keep writing, without stopping.
AFRAID OF CRITICS
In my opinion, no-one who has ever walked this Earth has not been criticized. People will always find something to troll you about or mark it as your drawback, no matter how hard you try or how perfect you try to become.
Fear of rejection is a part of your writing process, it’s a shadow in the life of a writer.
One who writes should do it for himself.
How to deconstruct that fear?
Assuming that your audience is very varied: some people will love what you write, others won’t, and some won’t even read the synopsis or open the article. Famous writers aren’t loved by all readers!
The author Anne Enright has her own perspective about fear of rejection:
“You must recognize that failure is 90% emotion, 10% self-fulfilling reality, and the fact that we are haunted by it is neither here or there. The zen of it is that success and failure are an illusion, that these illusions will keep you from the desk, they will spoil your talent (…).”
So how do we vanquish the enemy – Writers’ Block?
Well, I myself at various occasions have encountered this, and I am afraid the solutions I mentioned here might not suit the best to your condition. Because not my trousers size would perfectly fit you.
And, well that’s the thing about writing: it’s an art and not science. You don’t have rules. And you’ll have to approach it as such. There is no formulaic fix, as to “7 Steps to Becoming a Better Writer Now.”
Adequately, below are a few of the things I have done when I think I experience this issue with me! (believe me not just authors but bloggers too experience this)
I can sit for hours like a cheetah and just be dreaming and that is the perfect way to let ideas flow into your mind. Let your mind wander here and there-anywhere and you may find yourself ending up with some great new story ideas! Writing down those ideas that come to you can help you become inspired to write something.
Next, I use the WHAT IF system which suits me perfectly. I ask myself questions each question starting with a ‘What if’… What if _____
Read other books or short stories or blogs for inspiration.
Sometimes your writer’s block can be caused due to lack of inspiration, angst, dismay or anxiety whereby you might lose the craving to write and give up. Therefore, if you think you lack inspiration you can try visiting a nearby library and picking up some books that interest you and get your inspiration back!
Write about an important event in your life
But only whatever that has happened to you that’s worth reading! Write about that important event in your life, and twist it around. What if you did something differently? Write about what could have happened.
This will not only become an excellent matter for your next book/blog but also help you come back into your “writer form”
The fail-proof solution
If you’re still not satisfied, you have one final resort, an ace up your sleeve. The silver bullet solution. Your personal fail-proof way to overcome writer’s block is one you already know. In fact, you’ve been avoiding it this whole time, because it’s precisely what you don’t want to hear.
You overcome writer’s block by writing.
BINGO! BET YOU NEVER THOUGHT ABOUT THIS! HAHAHA
This might sound stupid but it indeed is the best way!
Write for the joy of writing. Don’t try to say or produce anything; just try to get some words on paper, now. No excuses or justifications.