Insight: Hand Holding and Butt Kicking

If you’re like me, you love writing. It’s what we look forward to when we get up in the Morning and the last thing we think about when we go to bed at Night. It’s our Love, our Passion, and the closest thing we have to a Religion. Buuuut….

We hit a wall in our story. We stay up to all hours staring at the computer screen and despite our best efforts, the words just won’t come. We grab a notepad and a pencil (or pen) and try to scribble down some stuff just to get the juices flowing. To no avail.

Congrats, you’ve just entered the Writer’s Block Zone.

Now, we don’t want to stay here for too long, so what do we do? There are a number of ways we can deal with this situation:
1) We can go back and reread what we’ve already committed to the Page so that we can recapture our flow and get things back on track.

2) We can take a break from our project and do something else until the feeling comes back. The problem here is that we can take too long away and end up accomplishing the same amount: NOTHING.

3) We can go on the Internet and read tons of articles (Irony, gotta love it…hehe) about how to fight Writer’s Block and hope that what we read sparks us to go back and get to work.

4) We can have a heart to heart with ourselves and honestly realize that we don’t want to write and it’s time to put the current project on hold and pursue a different story in hopes that it will somehow bring ourselves back to what we were doing in the first place.

As you can see, there are many ways to attack such a problem. But is it a problem? We all have a natural tendency to let our minds wander and the more we fight it, the stronger it becomes. Writing shouldn’t take any effort at all and the more pressure we put on ourselves, the harder the task will be.

Remember why you chose to be a writer. Leave all the nonsense about platforms, branding, promoting, and whatnot behind when you dive into your stories. They aren’t important. The only thing that matters is enjoying what you write. THE ONLY THING. You know how to write, so either stop screwing around and get to writing or shut down the word processor and go play. Either way, you’ve got this.

Ever Forward.

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2 thoughts on “Insight: Hand Holding and Butt Kicking

  1. Very true. I dont remember where I read that many years ago, there was no such thing as “writer’s block.” Artists wrote many books, painted, etc. Did not even hold themselves to just one area. Not before we started putting all of the emphasis on sales. Great post.

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    • Thanks, Lily, for your comment. I’m still getting the hang of this blogging thing and so, my presentation may need some work. I think many creative types, writers specifically, don’t realize that being creative means spending long hours in solitude with their own thoughts. I’m also new to publishing and have had to actively avoid checking how my books are doing on Amazon because there’s a tendency to judge one’s work based on how many people are buying. I don’t mind telling you that reading sales stats really puts a kink in the lines…hehe. Have a great day. 🙂

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