I have often experienced ‘Writer’s Block.’ Many say there is no such thing while others like myself, are human, and will willingly admit there is such a thing that exists.
What causes Writer’s Block? In my opinion, many things can cause it; fatigue, distractions, or perhaps, you’re just not feeling it for the art on a particular day. While others may see it as a distressful situation, I’ve decided to embrace those moments as rare moments to rest, relax, and enjoy my life outside of the writing world. I have discovered that by putting the writing away and involving myself in another activity helps to revive my brain as well as my spirit. When I return, perhaps a day later, or sometimes, days later, I experience a fresh breath with the project.
I only listed a few things that I think can cause Writer’s Block, but I’d be curious to find what you think on the subject, and if you have any suggestions to help with it. If you liked this post, please check out my Author’s Blog, An Escape From Reality.
In the meantime, I’d like for you to enjoy a piece written by my friend and fellow Author, Linda L. Barton. She wrote this article, Why Do I Write, for the Deadly Reads website. I hope you’ll take a look at it as I think you’ll enjoy it. Until next time, here’s something quirky I came up to either bore you or make you laugh. 🙂
W- Write! Simply write whatever comes to your mind and go with it. I find that if I write a word down, it often leads to another word, a sentence, a paragraph, a chapter, and eventually a book. Somewhere from the beginning to end, comes an idea. )
R-Read! Read from other authors, newspapers, web, or whatever you can get your hands on. I believe to be a good writer, you must first be a reader.
I- Imagine! Use your imagination. Don’t be afraid to go with the idea that comes to your mind. I promise you, if you write a story based on your imagination, the readers will find you, and it’s good for the soul. At least I find exercising my imagination helps me. I enjoy experiencing the new worlds, creatures, and exciting new storylines that my imagination can create for me if I just open up and let it lead me.
T- Trust! Trust your instinct. If an idea pops into your mind, go with it. Trust the voices that talk to you and follow their direction in which they wish to take the story. It usually turns out better than what you had planned anyway.
E- Evolve! Evolve in your writing. Don’t be afraid to try new styles of writing, new genres, or new ideas that come to mind, or that you’ve seen other writers use in their own writing. It’s all about growing as a writer. It’s okay to stick to one genre, but if a story comes to your mind involving another genre, then certainly don’t be afraid to try it.