You’re looking at that blank screen, cursor blinking without fail, hands above the keyboard and BAM! Nothing. No inspiration, nothing is coming. You start a sentence, but delete it in the same breath. You have absolutely no idea what to write about. “Writer’s block,” you think. You close your computer and give up. Well, let me tell you that I think writer’s block is a load of BS. I think it doesn’t exist and here’s why.
First you need to understand what a writer’s block is exactly.
Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author loses the ability to produce new work, or experiences a creative slowdown. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years.
5 reasons why writer’s block is a hoax
First of all, a so-called writer’s block is only a pause in your creative process. Nothing more, nothing less. So go do something else or nothing at all. Go for a walk, a bike-ride, read a page from your favorite book. Do something that has nothing to do with writing and you will see that your inspiration will return. Just make sure you go back to writing after a day. No longer. If you avoid writing for longer than a day, you may stop writing for days or months or even years at the time.
Another reason why writer’s block doesn’t exist is that it’s an excuse not to write at all. So take a long hard look at your life: is something else bothering you? Are there other issues you need to deal with? Go deal with them first and then come back to your computer.
The fear of writer’s block
The third reason has to do with fear. The fear of writer’s block. If you sit down, look at your screen and nothing is coming you might fear that you’re blocking. Stop! Don’t go any further in that way of thinking. There are a lot of things you can do to get going again. You can solve this by doing something else, just don’t write for a while and go do something else. Have a coffee in a nearby bar, go for walk in the park or go to the gym for some exercising. Do anything except write.
Maybe you lack confidence in your writing. Has someone put you down? Or didn’t like what you wrote? Who cares! You shouldn’t let anyone who doesn’t write tell you you can’t write. Have they tried themselves? Probably not. It’s so easy to put others down. So if anyone other than a publisher told you, you cannot write, let them talk. What do they know? It’s hard being a writer and practice makes perfect so keep on writing anyway.
The fifth reason why I think writer’s block doesn’t exist is that, and I’ve used this a number of times myself, is lack of inspiration. Everything I thought of sounded like it was done before. It lacked originality or felt like an easy way out. It was boring and didn’t have the spark I usually feel when I write.
The only way to get back inspiration, is to spend time with a friend, eavesdrop on conversations of other people, or do something that gets the adrenaline running, something that is exciting. I know, eavesdropping isn’t allowed, but maybe you hear a sentence, a word or a conversation that gets you going again. Make sure you have a note book or your phone handy so you can take notes on the conversation you’re listening in on.
It has nothing to do with your writing
Writer’s block has nothing to do with your own writing. It has everything to do with things inside you: insecurities, lack of inspiration and uncertainty. Just take a deep breath, step away from your computer and do something completely different to get the flow going again.
You’re a great writer. Now go write and be creative!