There are two dynamics in play regarding writer’s block – behavior, and inspiration (or lack of). Those same dynamics hold true for a block in any area, creative or non-creative. If you view your block under those qualifiers, regardless of the discipline, the methods for overcoming that block are all the same. And here’s my perfect way to do just that.
There was a time when you couldn’t conceive of ever having writer’s block. A time where the words flowed through you like notes through a saxophone.
You were driven to put those thoughts, those feelings, onto paper and screen.
Like Ernest Hemingway wrote, “Writing is easy. You just sit down at the typewriter and bleed.”
So now that you have writer’s block (or any other creative block), I must ask you, why aren’t you willing to bleed anymore?
The Answer Is Not As Difficult As May Seem
The answer to the problem — the words necessary to finish that story — doesn’t lie in the words. You can’t talk yourself out of writer’s block. Or, force any words out and onto the page. You will only be adding sludge on top of the already blocked path.
The answer to your dilemma is that very reason why you started writing in the first place. That spark of compassion, the love of words, and the realization of your ability to share with the world by your talents, is the answer.
Forget the immediate – the story you’re trying to finish (or start). Get back to the basics. You are a writer, or an artist, or a singer or musician or . . .you may have matured, been forced to venture into the business side. Or began listening to the critics, even if that critic is you.
When you first started out at 100 miles per hour down this creative path, none of that mattered, did it? It still doesn’t. You are a writer, because you must write. You are an artist, because you must draw, or paint, or sculpt.
The key: Rekindle the very inspiration that created your behavior in the first place. And accept it with confidence.
Focus On The Inspiration That Got You There In the First Place
Here’s a little analogy to clarify this, albeit a simple analogy. Do you, or can you ride a bike? Do you, or can you swim? Here’s one I was reminded of a couple of weeks ago – do you, or can you skate?
Did anyone, other than me, crash and burn — cutting a few pieces of skin open when learning to do these things? Or even break a few bones? I didn’t drown, but I swallowed a little water. I still have a couple of scars, but I’d jump on a mountain bike right now, if I had one. You won’t find me on a pair of roller skates, for anything. But it’s cold here. It’s winter. And that means ice skating.
You see, I am a skater, I am a swimmer, and I can ride a bike. And more to the point, I am a writer.
I do all of these, because I have to. They make me whole. Or maybe, as in some eyes, I’m too dumb to know better. That’s ok. I may seem like a blithering idiot to some. But I’m grinning from ear to ear with joy when I accomplish these things.
Remind Yourself Regularly
Remind yourself who you are; and why that’s important. Remind yourself of the joy that writing, or art, brings to your life; and more importantly, the joy it brings to others. Not everybody is a critic.
Your very writing success lies within the desire that is deep inside of you. You can’t run from it. It’s your true identity.
Accept it, and embrace it. Relax, and be confident in who you are. Your creativity will flow from within you, when you realize just how creative you truly are.
Share your experiences with us – have you experienced some sort of creative block? How do you overcome it?
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