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Overcoming Writer’s Block

Have you ever sat staring for hours at a blank page on your computer screen wondering what you should write?

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If you have, then chances are you are experiencing writer’s block. It is a condition where a writer cannot think of what to write and is unable to come up with any inspiration.

It is believed that writer’s block has been around for years and has affected many talented and world acclaimed authors.

What causes writer’s block?

In 1947, Edmund Bergler, a psychoanalyst claimed that it was a psychological problem caused by oral masochism, mothers that bottle-fed and unstable private love life (Wikipedia)

However, in the 1980’s and ’90s two other Psychologists, Jerome Singer and Michael Barrios, did extensive research with a diverse group of writers and found that the writer’s who were blocked were generally unhappy. Some of them had symptoms of depression, anxiety, procrastination, self-doubt, perfectionism, feelings of helplessness, loneliness and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

These writers with underlying psychological problems will need therapy that suits their underlying needs.

Personally, I experienced writer’s block when I have a dilemma that I am trying to solve. The problem usually consumed my mind thus removing creativity and inspiration.

Solving writer’s block

  1. Whenever I lack the motivation to write, I spent some quality time reading my Bible for comfort and strength. I realized that when you constantly give, you will become empty so you need the Lord to refill you by pouring His Word into your life.
  2. Drinking a cup of freshly picked mint tea helps to relax my nerve and allows me to think clearly.

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  3. Taking a leisurely walk in the park or in the countryside where you can enjoy nature’s natural bounty will definitely boost your self-confidence.
  4. Reading a book preferably something similar to the project that you are working on will help to inspire you.
  5. Working on another hobby apart from writing. For example, singing, sewing or crafting. For me, sewing with my hands is quite relaxing.
  6. Group discussion among other writers and brainstorming ideas can help to inspire you.
  7. Encouragements. Nothing beats an encouraging word from your friends or loved ones. Most of the time they will motivate you to get back around the computer and write something. Anything!
  8. Overcoming fear and anxiety. Fear will paralyze you. If you are fearful that your book will not sell or your writing is poor then this will cripple your creativity. Release the fear and write!

Have you ever had writer’s block?

If yes, how do you overcome it?

Share with us.

Thank you for reading!

References

Newyorker.com

Wikipedia

 

29 Comments »

  1. I have reader’s block sometime, I brainstorm my ideas, search related books and other material. Sewing is also my favourite 🤗. I love to stitch clothes for my family. Amazing post whenever I will in reader’s block I go through your ideas.🙏👌

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  2. This was great advice! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    I love to sew by hand, too! I haven’t sewn in a while though! Nothing elaborate or anything. I have sewn two baby quilts by hand. (The kind that already has the batting in it, and you sew the bias tape around the edges)

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    • Okay. I know those kits. I use to sew them for my children when they were babies. I love to sew tote bags with my hands. Now I am sewing some masks for my family.

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  3. Thank you for the suggestions for overcoming writer’s block. I’m not sure I’ve experienced true writer’s block, but I have gone through seasons where I’ve looked at a blank screen/page. Thankfully, that season didn’t last too long. Something I need to start praying for is a friend who likes to write, too. My friends and I share many common interests, but writing is not one of them.

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  4. When I get writers block it usually means I’m trying to force the story into a direction it shouldn’t go. That when I sit back, pray about it, thnk about it, and pretty soon I have the direction it should go.

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    • That is so true! It happens to me also especially when I am not inspired by the Holy Spirit to write and I just want to publish a post. Prayer does help. Thank you for sharing.

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