Writer’s Block Got You Down? Fight It Tooth and Nail
If you read my work on the regular, then you are aware that I do my best to write each and every day. I find anything and everything to write about and do my best to help the readers and writers on this platform. Mostly about Children, family and relationships. However, I do take the time, every now and then, to write about what we do here every day. Write.
Writer's block is a term that has been the blame for writing issues such as late articles, missing work deadlines and never publishing that book. I’ve been told a time or two that writer’s block is just a myth that someone conjured up as an excuse for laziness, however, others believe in it 100%.
I have been writing since I was 16 years old. I have been publishing my work for the past year and have found that writer’s block is more problematic than I ever imagined. My professional opinion on writer's block is that it is a load of malarky. Many writers feel that they have to have the most up to date technology or products in order to create amazing work. Some will even advise that the mood of the room they write in, the sounds around them and even the things they eat, need to be perfect in order to write. All of these things have no large binding on being able to create works of art with words, yet some authors will not even begin writing until all of these things are in proper order.
It’s true, the right atmosphere and items can make writing easier and can even become a recipe for longer content. However, it can also be the cause for our so-called writer’s block. Writer’s block is made up of three key components:
Not enough training
Not enough development
Not Prepared: This is normally an individual that has not set up their personal writing process that can pinpoint the strengths of the writer.
Not Enough Training: Choosing not to warm up your writing skills on a regular basis can make you feel rusty. Similar to an athlete in training.
Not Enough Development: The idea an author has may not be fully thought out and prepared. Many authors may begin writing out their idea before fully developing it. Just like there are three key factors to writer’s block, there are also three things you can do to attempt to push through it!
Write it out: Let yourself write about anything and everything. Even if what you create is complete crap — at least you’re writing. If you can take yourself out of the editing mindset and just do what you love, it can get you out of your slump.
Get Up and Move: Sitting at your writer's desk or computer is not going to magically get you new ideas. Get outside with your little ones and play. Take a hike with your spouse and enjoy all that nature has to offer. Do not allow yourself to be pulled back to your writing space for a good while. Those outings you were able to do may have just given you the inspiration you were looking for.
Exercise Your Mind: Find some writing prompts and writing exercises. This can challenge your normal form of writing and get your mind pumping. You may run into subjects you rarely write about, and this may spark inspiration!
There is a wonderful book by Bryn Donovan on writing prompts on amazon. If you’re interested in obtaining a copy, check out the link below.
We all run into some type of writer’s block every once in a while. However, there is no use making a huge deal out of it. Creating a plan of action for when these issues arise can be one of the best tools to get through.
We are creating amazing works of art for those who are lovers of the written word. Don’t allow yourself to fall into blocks in the road. Push through them like a bulldozer.
🧡Shine Bright, Kayla
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