Overcoming a Specific Form of Writer’s Block

There are many kinds of “writer’s block”, an umbrella term difficulties faced by writers – I’m certain similar things occur for all creative types, under other names.

There’s the type where you have ideas but can’t seem to get them onto the page. There’s the type where you try writing but it all seems wrong and you can’t get far without deleting everything. There’s the (worst, for me) type where you have no ideas, nothing comes to mind, your creativity seemingly lost forever. I’m sure every creative person has stories about the difficulties they’ve faced, the gap between desire to create and the act of creating.

Recently I’ve been dealing with a few things that affected my work. The idea of writing seemed pointless in many ways, and I was feeling upset. Often, writing helps me deal with my emotions, but this time this wasn’t an option. I got caught in a vicious cycle:



I’m starting to feel a little better now. What helped? Processing my emotions not directly through writing. Time, and taking a step back from online activities until I had enough energy to tackle the negativity I’d been seeing. Non-writing projects with obvious results – a bit of gardening, for example. Starting a writing project that probably no-one will read, which means there’s little pressure involved.

There are as many ways to get past a creative block as there types of creative block. You need to find what works for you.

Wishing you all success in your creative endeavours, because to feel disconnected from that process can be heart-wrenching.


Writing about Writing: Sustainability

In November 2014 I wrote on my personal journal: “I wish anyone doing NaNoWriMo the best of luck! I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ll probably never do NaNo.” How things have changed. It’s important then to record your thoughts and your plans, to be able to chart your progress and see how far you’ve come.

Post-NaNo I’ve allowed myself to slow down and take a breather. I can’t let the rest of the novel go for too long but I did need to reassess. One of the things I’ve been thinking about is the sustainability of 50k in 30 days.

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