Understanding Writer's Block
A Lesson by Imelda Blackheart
You won't learn how to get rid of it just yet, but understanding what writer's block is just happens to be essential information to finally defeat the evil writer's block once an for all!
For the “professional”
authors out there, you might be used to a boatload of pressure from a rude editor
or just the deadlines themselves. If you’re like me and have never gotten
published before, we get pressure from trying to actually write, whether it be
an essay, a poem, an article, or maybe just a blog post. Even the unpublished
author usually has deadlines, whether it be set up by themselves or others, and
these can be especially terrible with the calamitous writer’s block attacks.
writer’s block, espiecally when you need to get some writing done quickly but
to your own standards, inflates the problem to such a degree that many author’s
might bang their head on the desk, both figuratively or literally, just to get
the writing to flow from their minds. This terrible condition can also be
described as hitting a dead end or driving down a one-way street (with you
going the wrong direction, of course).
this problem will come to every author sooner or later, and it is a terrible
curse that is almost impossible to avoid. It’s funny; writer’s block always
comes at the most inconvenient and unexpected of times. Many times we only
realize we have writer’s block after we stare at a blank piece of paper or a
blank monitor (depending on which you prefer or have available) for hours at a
time and still be able to come up with nothing.
writer’s block cannot be avoided, one would think that we should at least be
able to manage it properly. One of the mistakes that many authors make is to
think of a writer’s block as a dead end on a one-way road, when it should really
just be thought of as an obstacle on the road that can be removed. Trust me;
unless you are having a seriously bad
day, your writer’s block, no matter how bad it seems, can be gotten rid of.
In order to understand how to get rid
of writer’s block, we first need to think about why writer’s block strikes in
the first place. Although this makes it a little more difficult for me to
narrow down, there are many possible reasons why writers have to go through
this appalling condition. If you are experiencing this right now, it may be
caused by… (Sorry for the smiley face bullet points. My computer was malfunctioning
and wouldn’t allow me to make bullet points.)
You might just have little to no
interest in the topic. Maybe you were assigned to write about a topic that you
really don’t like, or just think is boring.
(: Sometimes writer’s block is just a “heads-up!”
signal that reminds us that we don’t have enough information about whatever we’re
currently writing on. Writing about something that you don’t really understand
or aren’t familiar with is more difficult than writing about something you aren’t
even interested in.
Sometimes author’s just become too
tired to think. When you’re extremely tired, your brain only asks for one thing
and isn’t capable of much more: rest.
(: Our brains are amazing things, but they
can only handle so much at a time. You
might just be thinking too much about other things like your family, friends,
debts, or errands that you have to do later on.
Too much information! Some people
think that you can never have enough information, but trust me. You can. If you
are very excited about whatever topic you have been given or chosen, or you
have a lot of information available to you, but you just can’t figure out how
to present your point in writing.
most cases, our brain just overloads and fails to function the way you want it
to. So whenever you experience a case of writer’s block, it is better that you
do not pressure yourself further, seeing as how you will only end up with loads
of frustration and zero output.
not trying to convince you that you have to force yourself to write. I
understand that sometimes we really just can’t. However, having writer’s block doesn’t mean
that you need to stop doing your work (if you write for a living), since you
might even lose your job. If your experiencing a spell of writer’s block and
need an immediate remedy, here are a few things you can do. So, without further
ado, I reintroduce my smiley face bullet points to help you!
(: Just take a break. If it is an option, try
to go out and get some fresh air and relax
for a moment. Try to forget about all of the deadlines and other things that
you have to do after you finish writing. You might just be thinking about other
things so much that you can’t focus enough on writing to actually write
(: Take a cat nap! (Speaking of which, why is
it called a cat nap? Cat’s sleep for about eight hours a day, right?). Or you
could actually sleep like a cat and just go to bed. If you can’t sleep on your
writing, just take a thirty minute nap. Hopefully, you are like me and will
feel refreshed and ready to go after the nap.
(: Do anything else except for writing. If you don’t feel tired enough to take a nap,
you could go exercise (walking always clears my brain), do some of those chores
you’ve been ignoring, or just watch some mind-numbing television. Your might
just need a little jump starting or stimulation to finally get working. It’s
kind of like starting your car during winter; you need to heat the engine
before you can get it to start.
might have noticed that these are just a few of the ways to relax your mind for
a moment. It is common to suffer from
writer’s block if you are to stressed or tired, so even the simple act of relaxing
for a minute can be a great help to get you focused on the task that you need
these are just a few simple ways to get your mind working if you are in a rush
to write. Hopefully, knowing these few techniques will not stop you from
reading my lessons in the future, seeing as how they will contain even more of
these writer’s block dispelling tactics that will become more detailed as you
read on. Thanks for reading!
Added on December 12, 2012
Last Updated on December 12, 2012
Beyond enjoying writing like everyone else on this site, I really don't know what else to tell you. :D