I Don’t Know What to Write: A Complaint Concerning Writers’ Block

Whether you’re a writer or not, you probably have heard of the whole writers’ block thing. The staring contest with the blank screen or curser thing. The “I suddenly need to do chores or play with my pets when I write” thing. The “I’m just waiting for inspiration” thing. The “I have too many ideas and this whole plot is crashing down on me and I’m not really sure why I even made this idea in the first place because it’s so overwhelming” thing. Yeah. That.

In the past, writers’ block was little more than an occasional nuisance. Every now and then I would slow down the pace, unable to think of something, but overall I would bounce right back and continue on where I left off. The writers’ block epidemic in my life evolved into a slimy, tentacled creature barring its incisors from behind a sepulchral corner. It changes forms but I know it’s the same when I find that my daily word count hasn’t budged a single letter.

What’s a writer to do? I don’t have a dungeon to go down into to shake my bones or spill goat blood, summoning the eldritch gods for aid. Never mind the Word Fairy dumping her particles of cocaine-er-I mean inspiration over my head. Let’s not forget that I do not have a magic plot bunny pet who defecates my daily word count. No, as cool as all that sounds, beating writers’ block is fairly simple and often overlooked. Just fucking write.

Yes, harsh words, but words I need to hear. No one is going to write the words for me and in spite of popular belief, writers’ block is actually a myth. Yep. Writers’ block is not real, it’s only a manifestation of a writer’s self doubt into the form of resistance. It’s not that you can’t put words on the page, it’s that you’re not allowing yourself to remove doubt.

I can complain all day about how I can’t sling a paragraph or two before I homework or how all of my plots are turning into this giant monster, but at the end of the day it’s comes down to whether or not I can tell my doubt to shut up and let me work. As a writer, the more you write, the less block. Simple as that.