Graham Greene called writer’s block a “Creative Blockage” one that prevented him from seeing the development of a story, or even at times, its start.
What is Writer’s Block?
Writer’s block is a state of total lack of creative sense. It is like utter emptiness or blackness in a writer’s mind.
Your well of creativity is completely dry, your head becomes a deep dark pitch of nothingness.
You can’t come up with an idea or even a title. You have all this nameless or faceless people running about on your mind. But you can’t do anything with them.
For me, sometimes I have an idea but I can’t come up with a start or a middle. And sometimes it is the absence of everything.
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I have been suffering from writer’s block for a while now. It is frustrating, annoying and paralysing.
It’s as if I forgot how to use my limbs or that I ever had them. If you have ever experienced it before, you would understand.
So, what are the causes of Writer’s Block?
Any number of things could bring it on, this can be physical, mental or psychological.
It could arise from anxiety, depression, personal problem, trauma, solitude, judgement or criticism, hopelessness, solitude, overanalysing, stress or even a person.
Sometimes when you have written works or years of writing behind you, keeping up with your own standard becomes a burden that could bring on a block.
You kill your ideas before you begin or while at it because you decided they’re not good enough. Frustration sets in and you are blocked.
How Long Does It Last?
It can last anytime from hours to weeks, months, or years. And sometimes it depends on the writer or the actual cause of his creative blockage.
How Can You Overcome Writer’s Block?
Don’t Stop Writing: The mistake I made was I stopped writing. At first I wanted to write more by all means. I wanted to be able to write like I used to. When I couldn’t, I was frustrated. So, I stopped.
Writing is like a muscle that needs to be flexed. When muscles are not used your body interpreted that they are not important.
So, your body stops supporting them and giving them energy. They shrink. The same happens to a writer who stops writing.
Write anything that comes to your mind, anything you see, what you are feeling or maybe what someone beside you is going through. Just write, eventually a good idea will come up.
Get Personal: This is what I did and still doing. I get personal. I started writing about me. My creative blockage came as a result of PTSD- trauma, depression and, anxiety.
I have been writing about it all, my story, my scars, my life after the trauma. The good, the bad and the ugly.
And the in-between too, there are lots of stories, experiences, healing, friendship, loyalty, betrayal, hope, hopelessness and more.
While at it, go out more, see people, socialise, go to parties, do things that you don’t do before. Breathe, walk, feel, be happy.
There are so many people who can learn from those things that made you, you and the ones that remoulded you. Write about them!
Write Reviews: Write reviews of books, novels, plays. You can do same for products, ones you have used or love. You can write them in form of recommendations or even critics.
Write About Your Passion: You can write about something you love or someone. And it could be something you used to love, show why you stopped loving them and how that makes you feel.
It could be a hobby too, travelling, hiking, painting; they could lead to the beginning of a great story.
Listen to Motivational Speech: This here is to listen to them, not read them. Do it outdoors if possible with your earpiece. Have a writing pad and pen with you.
This is because I’m positive you will definitely gain a lot. It will trigger something in your head and ideas will spill out.
It has happened to the best of all and they overcame it. You will surely do too. Don’t stop writing.