Writer’s block is the scariest part of the time for a writer, isn’t it? Writer’s block is a stifling entrapment. It’s like a locked door without a key.
To experience a creative showdown is quite natural for every writer. To feel unable to deliver the content that satisfies your soul is just a part of the beautiful journey. Throughout history, writer’s block has been a documented problem. Don’t worry if you don’t feel the fire to write and execute. Because it’s always temporary! Every writer struggles with this inevitable period of time.
As you pursue your art and your creative gifts, you will go through many highs and lows. Times when you have the fire to execute and are fueled with inspiration and times when you feel like there’s nothing much left in the tank. This is a journey of an artist and you’ve got to get used to it.
It’s only after being trapped into the block that you become aware of it. My intent to write this post is to make you aware of the writer’s block. One thing I can promise you is that after reading this post till the end, the block won’t sadden you much!
Lately, I’ve received a lot many messages of people asking me how to avoid and overcome the writer’s block. The answer is, as I told before, you can’t avoid the writer’s block. It’s totally natural! Before we talk about the solutions, let me quickly share with you the causes of the writer’s block!
Writer’s Block Causes:
The condition could be caused due to a number of different things. Let me share with you some of the major ones:
- Brain Activity: Neurologist Alice w. Flaherty suggested that writer’s block may be related to a shift in brain activity. Under stress, human brain shifts control from the cerebral cortex to the limbic system. The limbic system is related with instinctual processes such as fight or flight response. I read somewhere that “the limited input from the cerebral cortex hinders a person’s creative processes, which are replaced by the behaviors associated with the limbic system.” The person is unaware of this process going on and this leads them to believe that they are creatively “blocked”.
- Emotional Fuel: I so strongly believe in writing with emotion. You can’t write what you can’t feel. It’s only when a person is inspired from the soul and is emotionally fueled that they can deliver what satisfies their own self.
- Psychomotor retardation: Have you recently noticed your overall performance declining? If yes, this might be the problem of psychomotor slowing. It involves a slowing-down of thoughts in an individual. It can cause visible slowing of emotional reactions.
How to Overcome the “block”:
Most people are unaware of what they should do during the onset of the block. I promise you’re not going to be one of them! Here are the coping strategies that I’ve observed personally that have helped me to get through the block:
If you’ve been feeling like you’ve lost your grip over your way of writing and executing your ideas and if you feel like you’re losing your ability to write, you experienced some sort of change in consciousness that lead to a block. My friend told me about this interesting strategy. To help with writing, you need to change your consciousness. This may involve learning/reading, bringing a change in your environment or changing your routine.
Change your environment:
Psychology says your environment influences your behavior. What if I told you that the places you visit, the people you surround yourself with and the conversations you have with people deeply affects your way of thinking. So I suggest you that if the environment doesn’t suit you, change it. Or the best thing which you can do (which I do) is to create an environment that boosts your creativity and fuels you with energy.
Create Excitement and Inspiration:
Don’t sit simply relying on someone or something to inspire and excite you. Create what drives you. Google about the writer’s block and almost all website’s have mentioned to “find inspiration”. They are so wrong here. Trust me on this. Inspiration is not something that’s found externally. It’s something that comes truly from within. So the goal is to devote yourself in doing the things/activities that excite you. Plus, you need to read the stuff that motivates you. Try reading motivational quotes [read one of my most viewed quotes here!]
Play a Sport:
This is what I recently experienced – playing a sport boosts creative ideas and fuels you with energy. I don’t know how or why but after playing football, my ideation process seems to naturally show up in a more creative way.
Regain your Focus:
As I said before, you never really lose your motivation, you just lose your focus on what you truly want. Cut shiny distractions. Pick up your phone, pack it in a plastic bag and put it in the cupboard for sometime. You just can’t afford distractions while practicing your A game!
This is the best possible strategy to cope up with the “block”. Just let your thoughts flow. Write what you think. Write about the places you visited or the music that inspired you or simply write about your experiences as you deal with the writer’s block! You overcome the writer’s block by writing and not by avoiding! Please don’t wait for motivation. Please don’t rely on the environment.
Listen to Music:
You already know that music releases the ‘feel good’ receptor – Serotonin and Dopamine which helps maintain a “happy feeling,” and seems to help keep our moods under control by helping with sleep, calming anxiety, and relieving depression! Dopamine is also called as a ‘motivation molecule’. I suggest you to change the genre. Try listening to jazz or classical music. Just give try to something new!
Change your Perception towards the “block”:
Perception really does matter. The “block” isn’t actually a trap. So I want you to stop calling it a “block”. “Thoughts are mind influencers”. Repeat that you are trapped in a “block” and guess what? Your brain won’t think above it because by tagging it as a “block” you are actually creating a limit. This is where optimism plays role.
In my perception, writer’s block is an opportunity to experience new things. It’s an opportunity for me to observe what’s working and what drags me down. It’s an opportunity for me to gather new experiences so I can share new stories with you!
I hope I’ve been of a service to you. I really wish you get over this temporary stage soon and start expressing your beautiful ideas with the world!
I’m here with you – in your highs and lows – to support and inspire you. You got it! Go bind the world with your beautiful writings! I believe in you.
Love you a lot, talk to you soon!
Yours friend, Aditya.
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