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Why I Suspect Writer’s Block Is Terrified Of Me
Eight reasons why writer’s block can’t touch me
It is true. Writer’s Block and its cousin Blogger’s Block are terrified of me. And I am about to tell you why.
But first, let’s look at what writer’s block is — and why people experience it.
Wikipedia’s definition of writer’s block is:
Writer’s block is a condition, primarily associated with writing, in which an author is unable to produce new work or experiences a creative slowdown. Mike Rose found that this creative stall is not a result of commitment problems or the lack of writing skills. The condition ranges from difficulty in coming up with original ideas to being unable to produce a work for years. Writer’s block is not solely measured by time passing without writing. It is measured by time passing without productivity in the task at hand.
That said, yes, not being able to write can be overwhelming because which writer wants to be stuck?
What causes writer’s block?
To put it simply, a writer gets stuck due to a lack of ideas, or too many ideas (yes that is a problem too!), a lack of time, the inability to express them, a fear of writing, you want things to be perfect, negative self-talk, a feeling of not being good enough, a current life situation, a fear of rejection, a feeling of overwhelm, being a social media junkie . . . that list can go on and on!
The good news is, you don’t have to face writer’s block.
You have the power to break out of it.
I love to write and never imagined that my passion would one day become my profession. I have realized, over the years, why writer’s block is afraid of me.
I take Gertrude Stein’s advice very seriously:
To write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write is to write.
In addition to this, there are also other reasons I don’t believe in writer’s block.
Let me count at least eight ways.
1. I love to write
- On my kitchen shelf.
- In a pad I always carry.
- At the back of books. Why did you think they leave one blank page?
When I am sitting in front of my computer screen, I use the “compose” mode in Gmail and create drafts upon drafts. It is convenient because it kindly auto-saves without me having to remember to do it. I have a notebook with pencils, pens, and colored pencils to write when the mood hits me…which is pretty much all the time. Snippets of ideas, thoughts, fragments of memories — are all fodder for writing.
If you are one of those people who is a fountainhead of ideas but worry about recalling them, here are some great ways to remember and organize your ideas before they escape.
2. I am a shutterbug
Every photo I click is a masterpiece, at least in my mind. And it is not just about picture quality, although that’s often true, too. Every picture tells me a story. Each time I pull up an album and browse the pictures, I visually recall everything related to the moment I clicked it.
And I can talk. When I was in Grade 6, during a parent-teacher meeting, one of my teachers laughingly suggested that we cut a tiny piece of my tongue to slow down my chatter. Can you believe I remember her name? Sister Marita. Yep. And I have an elephant’s memory. I like to write about these things, about everything and anything.
3. I observe
I truly believe in the concept of balance and that life’s a balancing act. I am visually challenged and cannot read with my right eye. I wear glasses for some vision correction. I am also colorblind. But strangely, I have a keen sense of color and combining colors with regard to clothes. I also notice the little things and remember them. At any given time, I’d remember what someone I met for the first time was wearing. I like to write about what I observe.
4. I listen
I am curious. When I listen, I learn. And enjoy the experience. I listen to those I interact with and I listen when strangers talk. When I am on the bus, I enjoy the conversations around me. When I visit my son’s school, I love the chatter of the children around me. And have fun participating in them. And I write about them.
5. I see the humor in every situation
There is a funny side and a sunny side to everything. You know what they say about the silver lining to that dark cloud. And it is important to be conscious of this. I am, and it is what keeps me cheerful and cool. I practice seeing things objectively as much as I can (after I secretly overcome the subjective part, of course). And I write about it.
6. I interact
At first, it was personal interactions, before the days of the Internet. But once I went online, and started blogging, I enjoyed being able to connect with people via my keyboard. Some of these connections led to collaborations and writing work.
Why — take Medium as an example. When I don’t have enough time to research and write a post, I simply put together a roundup of all the posts I read, leading to further interaction.
7. I think
I aim to keep my space online positive, inspiring, and thought-provoking. And that keeps me constantly thinking of ways to make that happen on a daily basis. Consequently, it improves the way I live. And keeps me smiling. I like to write about it.
8. I read
A lot. I have enough books to keep me happy for as long as I live and I am adding to it all the time. I like to write book reviews of the ones I enjoy.
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This list could go on, but I think you get the idea. All of this defines me as a person and keeps my words flowing. It also steered my career path through advertising, sales, marketing, and training. I do have the challenge of too much to say and too little time to say it — but I solved that problem by blogging. I manage six blogs in various niches and that works for me.
As a writer, editor, and business blogger, I enjoy exploring different writing styles.
I believe my secret is persistence and a desire to learn, keeping an open mind, and a readiness to help others.
And thus, no danger of writer’s block ever happening to me. You don’t have to experience it, either — because you have it in you to overcome it.
“If I waited for perfection, I would never write a word.” Margaret Atwood
And that’s the truth!
Do you experience writer’s block? How do you tackle it? I’d love to hear your tips!
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