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A Writer’s Block – Causes and Solutions

Abimbola Kayode-Badmus Written by Abimbola Kayode-Badmus · 1 min read >
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“Writer’s block is a temporary or lasting failure to put words on paper. It can hit every writer, if only for a few minutes or a day or two, but it becomes a real problem when the writer is not reaching targets and when they feel incapable of completing a piece of work.”

It is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author is unable to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. This creative stall is not a result of commitment problems or the lack of writing skills.

1. Problem: You have ‘too few’ ideas.

You don’t know what your next project is, or your next chapter, or your character’s next move. You are stewing in a pot of “I don’t know,” going in circles trying to figure out what to do and how to do it. You feel like you’ll never have another good idea as long as you live.

2. Problem: You have too many ideas.

You have so many ideas for your writing, you don’t know where to begin…so you begin nowhere. You don’t know how to bring forward the best ideas and leave the others on a back burner for later. The fear Of Missing Out (FOMO) is your enemy here, the fear that you’ll choose the wrong project instead of the very idea that will take your writing to the next level.

3. Problem: You have too many competing desires or responsibilities.

There is so much you want to do with your writing, but you have family responsibilities, finite time, or limited resources. You also want to travel, paint, or go to grad school for your MBA. Can you have it all?

Below are some apt quotes on Writer’s Block

“I tell my students there is such a thing as ‘writer’s block,’ and they should respect it. You shouldn’t write through it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now.” – Tony Morrison

Sherwood Smith “If writing blocks, then that means it’s time to refill the well. Get out and do things, see people, listen, smell, touch, watch, see a play, walk in the park, listen to music, Ideas will come!”

“You fail only if you stop writing.” —Ray Bradbury

John Rogers “You can’t think yourself out of a Writer’s Block; but you can write yourself out of a Thinking Block.”

“Every writer I know has trouble writing.” – Joseph Heller.

Jacob Nordby “Writer’s block is just another name for fear.”

In reality, having writer’s block is a situation that occurs with every writer.

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